We live in a beautiful country. I love the United States, our many freedoms, and our protected rights.
I thank God for the service men and women and first-responders who make this country a safe place that my children will be able to enjoy.
I'm a US Veteran myself. I served for one term in the U.S. Air Force before going on to full-time college.
Yesterday, I was in Texas Roadhouse enjoying a steak. It was lunch time and loud. ...You know if you've ever been there.
Someone started making an announcement. "Maybe it's another person's birthday," we thought.
Conversations continued and the noise rumbled on.
Someone started singing.
"Oh say can you see..."
Chairs started moving as people stood with full attention.
Voices of over 200 people hushed completely - silent across the restaurant.
Music turned off. Even the people in the kitchen stopped working.
I stood with my hand over my heart.
Chills came over me as I saw the flag raised in the middle of the room.
Solemn respect and honor.
Reminded me of the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. ...right there in a steakhouse in Colorado.
If you're a service person or vet, thank you. If you know someone who is, please thank them.
I've been thanked hundreds of times now. Makes me want to re-enlist. ...or at the very least, make a song to honor them all.
Happy Veteran's Day.
Grant Daniel Reed