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VETERAN'S DAY - EVERY DAY!
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
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.
know two Veterans very well.
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.
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
By: Jo-Ann Thibault, Founder The Elder Insider, LLC