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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Prayers and wishes for those in the military

Walking through Congress Park this beautiful Friday morning, I saw a young man and woman, both in full military fatigues, engaged in animated, merry chatter as they sat along the little round fish pond not far from the war memorial.

As I approached them, I wanted to say, "Thank you for serving our country."

But I was also thinking, "Stay out of harm's way. Return home to your loved ones safe, well, in one piece."

And with those thoughts, I couldn't get past the lump in my throat to offer even a friendly acknowledgement. They weren't looking my way, anyway. So I walked on by.

But the image of them stays with me. I do thank them for serving our country, and pray for their safety, and wish I hadn't missed the moment to speak the words aloud.

1 Comments:

Anonymous tomllewis said...

Great point. I've often thought of thanking military folks, but then I just keep on walking.

It's great that our culture has gotten over the way the military was treated during the Vietnam days. People who were,or are, against the Iraq/Afgan war, still appreciate that people in the armed services are willing to serve their country.

April 3, 2010 at 3:49 PM 

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