So I ask you, how do you really thank a Veteran, given their debts in many ways can never be fully repaid, given that they truly don’t seek recognition and we may not even know who they are. There are almost 19,000 veterans in Rutherford County today that after leaving service have blended into society. These Veterans are teachers, doctors, lawyers, clergy, business owners, police officers, employees, etc. and are still contributing to this community and our Nation. How do you thank someone that steps forward when others step back? How do you thank someone who delayed plans for college, marriage, sacrificed time with their families and missed so many irreplaceable milestones that many here take for granted? How do you thank someone that made the ultimate sacrifice so others could continue to enjoy the freedoms and blessings of this great Nation?
We can thank them by living like First Sergeant Charles M. King. We can thank a veteran by giving to others without wanting something in return. We can thank veterans by being good citizens, by caring for others, by voting, by embracing and involving yourself in your community, your state, and your country. We can thank a veteran every day for the freedoms we enjoy. As my boss said, we should “never pass up an opportunity to thank a Soldier.”
Let me close by asking if you are a Veteran, please raise your hand. We can thank these great Americans today, but we need to thank these veterans and all our veterans every day. Once again, to all veterans, we say, thank you. Thanks for your sense of duty, for your service and for your sacrifices. May God continue to bless our Armed Forces, this great Nation and our community”…COL (R) Jeffery Davidson
Somerset appreciates the comments COL Davidson provided today and we again thank all veterans for everything they have done for our country.