And save one backward glance when you are leaving
For the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
Though you may, or may not have always.
Take what they have left, or what they have taught you
With their dying, and keep it as your own.
And in that time when men decide, or feel safe,
To call the war insane, take one moment
To embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
- Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA, Cambodia, March 1970
We'll remind those who need it that this day is not to wish any veteran a "thank you" for their service.
Unless you're doing it while laying a wreath at their gravesite.
But it's okay to enjoy a ball game, a picnic, a long holiday. They'd not begrudge you that. Just take a moment to recall that they bought it for you, and gave up all their tomorrows, to pay for your today.
And take a moment, if only in your heart, "to embrace those gentle heroes left behind".