To Our Veterans: Thank You
As an event photographer in Dallas, I enjoy getting to write blogs. I’ve always had a fondness for words, and in using them as creatively as possible. However, for the subject of today, I have plenty to write about, but honestly it all boils down to two very simple words: Thank You.
Thank You. Those are two little words that can carry such an impact. The difference in thanking someone versus not saying anything at all can change the trajectory of someone’s day, and you never know when a properly placed bit of gratitude is exactly what someone needed. I know that hearing a thank you always means a lot to me as an event photographer in Dallas.
As I sit here writing, I am looking out on the lake. It has that glasslike smoothness that only occurs at the very beginning and end of the day, and really gives this event photographer in Dallas a sense of calm. Everything out here is so peaceful as I sit and drink my coffee. I know though, that I am ensured the peace of this morning because there have been so many that have gone before me to sacrifice everything. Without the men and women of our Armed Forces, there is no way I would be here right now. If they had not sacrificed their lives over the centuries of our country’s existence, who knows what our country would look like in modern day. I am in complete awe of how fiercely they protect the United States of America. All I can say is, Thank You.
My grandfathers, both of whom have since passed away, served our country in the military. I never heard that many stories growing up, I just knew that both of them had served. I don’t know why it wasn’t talked about on either side of my family, though I sincerely wish that they had. In either case, I am so thankful for what they did. The impact of their service was something that this event photographer in Dallas didn’t grasp when I was younger. Now that I have more of an understanding of how important their service to this country was, I have even more respect and admiration for them.
In pulling photos of my visit to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery to see my Grandpa Kindig, I still get chills. Seeing this really does make me emotional. I miss him, and I wish he were still here so that I could thank him in person for his service. The same goes for my Granddaddy Hughson. I would love to call them today, or sit down and hear stories of their experiences.
In my travels as an event photographer in Dallas, I’ve also had the incredible opportunity to photograph World War II Veterans. These guys are complete rock stars, and just the thought of what they had to endure is overwhelming. There is certainly a reason they are the Greatest Generation, as they are men of such courage and bravery. I will never forget getting to meet them and hear some of their harrowing tales.
If you have the opportunity, please make sure to thank a veteran today. The words Thank You can never be said enough when it comes to showing appreciation for those that are ready to sacrifice their lives so that we might live in freedom. It is a small gesture relative to what they have done in protecting us, but make sure to let them know that they have done an incredible service to this country that we can never be thankful enough for.