Veteran's Day 1987
Remember that old saying that it is an ill wind that blows no one any good? Well the meaning of that came home to me today. It was a fairly cool day for this area and for this time of year. Thirty-ish One of those coffee-kinda-days in mid-November, I was driving across town when I was suddenly caught in one of those horrendous traffic jams that are a rarity for Spartanburg. The traffic light, about 10-12 cars ahead of me was green. Then red. Then green again. And nothing was moving! As I stood hanging on my open front door of the car my mind boiled in frustration. For I had "promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep." What an ill wind was blowing.
Peering ahead to the distant intersection wondering what in the devil was holding up traffic I saw a color guard go by. Then a band! My God. a parade! At four-thirty in the afternoon. What a horrid time to schedule a parade. What an inconvenience. Following the band came dignitaries. Then soldiers and sailors and marines. Then an army tank. Guilt swept over me in a rush. It was then that I realized that this was Veteran's Day. And Spartanburg was honoring her sons and daughters who had served the cause of liberty. It was after all the perfect time for such a parade,
I was angered by the mere inconvenience of a twenty-minute parade intruding into my life. And all those men and women who had served the cause of liberty had had their lives interrupted by the worst inconvenience of all: a war. For into no one's life does war come as a convenience. It made me fully appreciate the fact those who had served the cause of liberty---and many did so with their lives---had been inconvenienced by man's worst inconvenience that I might live in freedom, that I might sit here in traffic....and grumble.
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