I VOTED TODAY…
Today, across the United States, citizens are exercising their right to vote. It is a beautiful day here in the mountains of Virginia. A brisk, cold 35 degrees greeted me as I walked up to our polling place when the doors opened at 6:00 a.m. In my hands, I held a container of sausage pinwheels to give to our hard-working poll workers. Something I’ve done for them every year for the last twenty years. Hard to imagine it’s been that long. It is hoped each of you have either already voted early, or you plan to vote sometime today!
It is appropriate we have a voting day this week with Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11. My parents — both my father and my mother — served our country. My mother during WWII as a WAC, and my father in both WWII and Korea. And, my husband served as well during Vietnam.
Many times when I took Dad to the Veteran’s Hospital in Salem for his monthly visits during the last two years of his life, he would maneuver his wheel chair over to a fellow veteran, offer his hand, and say, “Thank you for your service.”
He never waited for Veteran’s Day to thank a veteran. He gave thanks for our veterans’ service each day through his morning prayer and when he read his bible. To me, watching him make an effort to shake each veteran’s hand he saw added to his heartfelt desire to let him or her know that he was glad he saw them, even on the street. To this day, I try very hard to emulate his actions. It is my challenge to me to be mindful of fellow veterans every where. May this election day, after voting, you take up that challenge as well.
Let our Veterans know that you appreciate them, their sacrifice, and that because of that dedication to love of our country, we have this privilege above all else – the Right to Vote!
Happiness to each of you, Always…
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