a smile filled my heart. At that moment, I knew his words needed to be shared with more than just Facebook friends and family, but also with our Legion family.
The man who wrote the following words has been one of the many active duty members of our Great United States of America, serving in the USAF for 25 years and counting.
"If you happen to read this entry, I'm closing out my day and thinking about being in the Autumn of my life, extremely thankful for having lived in the United States. As a nation we have endured
many challenges, and yet we continually persevere only to be better Union. Our common denominator is/has always been the American spirit which has sustained dynamic challenges, rising above adversity, holding fast to our way of life.
I agree that we are in trying times as a nation... but now more than ever we must protect each other and our ideals. I believe that our future remains bright, but it is not without appreciation for those
people who've enriched our lives.
When you have a moment, stop to make a call to a loved one, a friend, or an old acquaintance
just to say thanks, and that you are thinking of them. Reflect to those special people how they have brought you joy, happiness, or even how they have touched your life with valuable lessons.
There is a reason for their presence in your life. To have had each of those wonderful people, even for just a season, was in itself a blessing from God.
If I may, I'd like to leave you with a short passage that has come to mean a great deal to me - read it often. ‘Please, don't worry so much, because in the end none of us have very long on this earth - life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.’ Robin Williams, from the
movie "Jack". Until the next time...may God bless you and yours, Ron."
Thank you Lt Col Ron Thornton for giving me permission to share your words and a huge THANK YOU for your many years of service.