You’re going down 75 in Ohio, in a hurry. Two trucks are in front of you, both lanes taken up. The speed limit is 65, but in the rush you’re in, only 75 will do. So, you weave in and out of lanes trying to force the truckers to see you and move over one way or the other. You’re flashing your lights, honking your horn, flailing your arms, and cussing as much as you possibly can. One truck gets off at the exit ramp a mile down the road. The driver in the left lane signals to come over, but you won’t have any of that. You cut him off, knowing, in your own frenzied mind, he can see you, waving him a one fingered salute.
That driver that you just acted like was a worthless road block for obeying the law ensured you can act like the moron you have proven to be.
Many men and women have served and sacrificed for their country in two different aspects. First, they served in the military, willing to risk life and limb for our freedoms. After the military, they started driving a truck, risking their lives on these dangerous highways to ensure you, John & Jane Q Public, could have food, clothes, homes, and even toilet paper.
Many do not see the sacrifices as the same, but to those who live it, they know far too well that although they are different in many ways, they are also the same.
In the military, non-deployed deal with long nights and days on duty, and being stationed away from home. Once deployed, these men and women go for long periods of time only getting a phone call, letter, or email from home. This, of course, is just recent. In the “olden days,” it was just letters. They have to cry for the ones at home that they miss. Their families have to ponder daily if they are alive or dead until they hear from them. Deployed soldiers dodge bullets, and now, i.e.d.’s.
Truckers stay away from home for weeks or months at a time, only getting a phone call or email from home. They cry for the ones at home that they miss. Their families have to ponder daily if they are alive or dead until they hear from them. Drivers dodge idiots, like the one mentioned above, and many other obstacles daily.
The next time you choose to give a truck driver a one fingered salute, ask yourself first if maybe, just maybe, they deserve a true salute. You never know which one was willing to die for your freedom!
As for all veterans, thank you for your service to our country! We are forever indebted to you for your sacrifice!