‘Civilian’ salute carries thanks

Dear Editor,

The Memorial Day service touched me in a way I can’t fully describe but perhaps this thought can sum it up.

At the closing of the ceremony it was explained that previously, discharged and off duty servicemen couldn’t salute the flag until a law was amended to allow such.

The main speaker shared the amended bill, explained it and asked all former, current and off duty veterans to stand with him and salute their fallen brethren.

I never wanted to have been a part of my nation’s military more than in that moment to say “thank you” for your greatest of all sacrifices.

My civilian salute is my freedom of speech to say...thank you. Thank your families for the hardship they carry everyday missing you.

It’ll never be enough, but you’re more than a day off to me.

Gibby Sanders Jr.,