May 2019 Commentary: Recognizing our VeteransSubmitted by MidWestOne Investment Services on May 30th, 2019
I have spent most of the weekend and early part of the week trying to figure out how to address this, if this was an okay place to do it, and I am probably making it harder than it needs to be. This past Monday, Memorial Day was observed. It has been around in some fashion since towns and cities held tributes in the 1860s to honor fallen Civil War soldiers. As a country, we have observed the day on the last Monday in May since 1971.
Early in Ellie’s club volleyball season, we were down in Kansas City for a tournament and my parents had the opportunity to come watch her play. My dad was wearing his Vietnam Veteran hat, when two random players walking by, stopped and took the time to thank my dad for his service. Such a small gesture can have such a powerful, positive impact. For a little background (and I am sure my dad won’t be happy about this if he reads this!), my dad went to Vietnam before my parents were married. He was awarded two Purple Hearts (which I only know about because as a snoopy little boy I found them in a box in a spare bedroom). He made it home, married my mom, and their reward was me. The only thing I can recall ever hearing about his experience was that he doesn’t eat much rice anymore. These girls, first even noticing the hat, and then going out of their way to thank my dad was a very cool thing.
My older daughter Payton recently told me about two experiences she has had, noticing Veterans and actively reaching out to them to thank them. She has seen the positive impact a thank you can have, and I am proud of her for having the awareness to make a difference.
In recent years, our bank has participated in the Quilts of Valor program. I won’t name the people involved, because I will surely inadvertently miss someone. Thank you for recognizing the Veterans within our banking offices. And a bigger thank you to the Veterans working within our company. The sacrifices you and your families make are greatly appreciated.
I regularly drive off course in these posts, but thank you for entertaining this one. Thank you to my dad and all the service people who sacrificed so we can live in the best country in the world. I will end by paraphrasing something I heard on the radio the other day, “In these divided times, strive to be a person, an American worth fighting for, worth the sacrifice”.
P.S. Just so I don’t completely ignore the investing world, here is a link to Bob Doll’s latest investment commentary. Timely and helpful.
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