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By: Jo-Ann Thibault

During my travels a few weeks ago, I stopped to grab lunch at D ‘Angelo’s in Bedford.  As I was sitting there eating my sandwich, a young man in military fatigues walked in and ordered lunch.  He was most likely from Hanscom AFB, not far from where we were at.  As he walked by me to find a seat, I gestured to him to look my way.  I said with a smile, “Thank you for your service”.  He shyly replied, “Thank you”.  I thought to myself, ‘I hope he wasn’t embarrassed?’ ‘Maybe he is not used to people stopping him and thanking him?’  I was glad I did.  It made me happy, but more importantly, I hope it made him smile, if not on the outside, I hope he was smiling on the inside.

In some way, we are all touched by a Veteran. If not personally, we most certainly are patriotically.  Without their self-sacrifice, whether in combat or not, we would not have the freedoms we are so accustomed to.

I know two Veterans very well. 

My Dad, John J. Giglio, who served in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.  He was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter out of Boston Harbor and toured the North Atlantic Coast, from Boston, to Labrador, Newfoundland and Iceland.  He met my Mom  when he was at the Gurnet Lifeboat Station and Lighthouse located in Duxbury, Saquish Beach towards the end of his 3 year tour in 1953.

 My father-in-law, Lionel “Spike” Thibault, served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1957. Starting at Fort Dix, to NY, to Fort Gordon Georgia and ending at West Point as an assistant instructor to the Cadets teaching tele-communications.

Although my two favorite Veterans were never in combat, their voluntary service is no less inspiring and deserving of thanks than those who did.  Right alongside the young man at D’Angelo’s. 

For all those who serve and have served our Country in the name of freedom – every day should be Veteran’s Day.  Maybe sometimes, in our busy lives, we unintentionally take our freedom for granted.  But that doesn’t mean that when we are reflective, we should NOT pass on the opportunity to say, “Thank You for Your Service”.  

By: Jo-Ann Thibault, Founder The Elder Insider, LLC