East Valley Veterans Parade: CELEBRATING LIVES OF SERVICEName: East Valley Veterans Parade: CELEBRATING LIVES OF SERVICEDate: November 11, 2020Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MSTWebsite: http://www.evvp.orgEvent Description:
No year in recent memory more starkly emphasizes the thanks we should extend to those who serve all of us – from those in military uniforms to those who wear the uniforms of first responders, front line health care workers and all of the others who put on their work uniforms every day to perform the essential work necessary in our world.
Many men and women who begin their careers in service do so by putting on the uniform of our armed services. As an all volunteer military, we know that a primary motivation for many young people is the oft remembered phrase: “I want to serve my country.”
Interestingly, these men and women very often continue this service ethic transitioning to another type of uniform. Their heartfelt desire to “serve my country” becomes “I want to serve my community.” We see them most visibly of course as first responders. Of course we all feel a debt of gratitude for health care workers this year, many who learned their trade in the military. But we must not forget those who take the skills learned in the military and commit them to many, many jobs that need to be done all around us.
Consider the remarkable skills military training often provides, and how our veterans continue to use those skills to do everything from driving busses to keeping our jet airlines safe while in the sky. From teachers to counselors to clergy – the list of jobs staffed by men and women who developed their skills while in the military is simply too long to enumerate. This does not even consider the countless veterans who utilize their skills in a volunteer capacity. They help at the local food bank, staff suicide hotlines, provide resources to the homeless and countless other roles for which they receive no compensation other than the satisfaction of serving. We should be mindful that much of the reason these jobs are staffed is due to our veterans’ profound commitment to service.
As citizens of the United States, we are fortunate to have these occasions where we formally celebrate and thank our veterans who provide for our safety and security. This year let’s take a moment to add a special note of thanks and gratitude for those who continue this service commitment in their non-military vocational life.