Our nephew Chris Nelson spent a large portion of his life in the United States of America. He joined the American Military and distinguished himself in service to his adopted country. Like so many men and women in Canada and the U.S., he has served overseas to protect life as we know it in North America. We enjoy our peace, in part, because of the incredible sacrifices that are made in countries we didn’t even know existed a few short years ago.
Today, Chris shared online that he is remembering Michael H. Simpson. This incredible individual died two years ago on this day ‘doing his job’. A job that most of us are completely unable and unprepared to do. He was defending freedom. Not only in the United States, but freedom around the world. Remember – we are definitely in this together. His wife, children and extended family also sacrificed that day. They no longer can spend time building a camp fire or canoeing on the lake with him. Gone. Forever. ‘Doing his job’. Amazing.
It’s not Veteran’s Day, Remembrance Day or any such formal occasion where we can observe a parade, silence, and BBQ’s. It’s the day Michael H. Simpson died. Serving and Protecting. He gave of himself so that we can continue to enjoy this life in relative peace and calm. In his memory, a foundation was started to honour him and give back to other military families. Please visit the website http://www.unquietprofessional.com for more information. His life meant the world to his family and to all of us.
In Chris’ tribute he urges us to thank a vet, hug our kids, in short, take full advantage of the goodness you have in your life. Without men and women who faithfully ‘do their job’ to serve and protect – this would be quite a different place to live, wouldn’t it? Please let’s honour this simple request? This is how we make sense of the senseless. This is how we truly show our appreciation. Fire up the grill in a couple of weeks with your families – for sure. Take a moment and thank God above for His Supreme sacrifice and for giving us people in the world like Michael H. Simpson (and Chris Nelson) – to name two – for it’s God’s Love for the entire world and Michael and Chris’ love of country that draw the parallel lines of understanding around serving and sacrificing.
Tonight when I count my blessings, I am counting the men and women around the world serving us twice.