Today’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback is dedicated not to athletes or athletics, but to the men and women of our armed forces who have paid, or who are currently paying, the price today for the freedoms we have in this Country we call The United States of America.
I will single out one veteran in particular who served his Country. His name was SSG Vernon Black. I call him Dad.
Dad served his Country in Vietnam. After his Tour of Duty, he continued his Service to our Country in places like Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas, Hawaii and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While at Fort Sill, dad served time in Korea and was set to serve time in Germany until he became terminally ill with cancer in early 1982. He officially passed away on Friday, July 9th, 1982, but had been sick a long time before that final day. He was only 33 years old. Way too early to leave this world, but God has a plan.
Though he is not here today, dad’s service paved the way for my brother, sister and myself to be able to afford college educations, which allowed us to experience things in life that we may have not been able to do otherwise. Though me and my siblings were far from perfect, I would think that dad would have been proud of the way we turned out with our lives. Even though my father was not the sports fan that I am, I believed he would have enjoyed listening to the show. He would have loved the pro wrestling parts of the show, I can tell you that for sure!! Thank you for your Service Dad. I love you.
We owe a great debt of thanks to all of the people who put their lives on the line daily here and abroad to give us the freedoms that, sadly, many of us (including myself), take for granted.
As with giving thanks, my Mother is very good about going up to people in uniform and thanking them for their service to our Country. It doesn’t even have to be Veteran’s Day for her to provide that recognition on our Military men and women. It is an everyday thing with my Mom. We can learn a lot from our Mothers. Thanks Mom. I love you.
To all of the men and women in uniform who serve this Country here and abroad, The Steve Black Show has TWO WORDS FOR YOU………….THANK YOU!!!!!
Have a great week!!!