On VETERANS DAY, The Carrington Companies Honor All Who Have Served
A Message from Bruce Rose
On Veterans Day, we honor everyone who has ever worn one of the many uniforms of our country’s armed forces. Among those are members of the Greatest Generation who served during World War II. As the years pass by, and the number of surviving members of this generation continue to decline, it is more important than ever to remember these heroes who stepped forward to defend our great nation against the enemies of freedom.
A close friend sent me the below passage, attributed to U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, and I thought it captured the spirit of this important day.
What is a Veteran?
Some Veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg − or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a Vet just by looking.
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
They are the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another − or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat − but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket − palsied now and aggravatingly slow − who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
More than 20 million Veterans now live in communities across America. All who served gave some of the best years of their lives; and we must never forget their sacrifice. Today, here at Carrington, and across the United States of America, a grateful nation celebrates the service of Veterans to our country.
With warm regards,
Chief Executive Officer & Founder