My Dad grew up in a country that had mandatory military service. I cannot remember exactly how long my Dad served as he is no longer with us to ask. I do know it was most likely between four and twelve months. Dad never talked to me about that time but I can definitely see how the military benefited my Dad. My Dad had confidence without being arrogant or rude, he was disciplined to get things done on time and to the best of his ability, that discipline also impacted him financially as he was able to budget well. He also had perseverance to see things through. I do not believe my Dad ever had active duty but I am thankful that the skills he learned he tried to pass on to his family. He taught me never to give up and to do things right and honestly even when no one is watching.
Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada. A day set aside specifically to honour and thank those who have served in the military and those who sacrificed their lives for our country. For those who gave up regular daily life and were forever changed by the impact of war. So many of our veterans returned from battle but continued to be haunted by what they saw and perhaps did. For the families of those soldiers who lost their life, thank you for continuing to honour and remember the fallen heroes. For those veterans who are still here, thank you for your service. Thank you for persevering.
Today I challenge you to reach out and thank someone you know who has served in the military or is serving on the front lines in your community. Someone who sacrifices every time they go on shift, who never gives up and perseveres until their shift is done. For my family, thank you Dad, Evan, Darren and Evan. I love you and thank you.