Veterans Day always provides occasion for heartfelt recognition at AGR Group offices. It’s especially solemn at AGR Nevada, where All Global Resources General Manager Dan Rieke, a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, leads the reflections.
In honor of our veterans, Dan wrote the following and delivered an address to the staff.
Two hundred forty years ago, a sleeping beauty awoke for the first time from a slumber that began at the dawn of man…and her name was Liberty.
And she cast a newborn eye across a land of plenty, and troubled times. For her people struggled with the tyranny of an unjust government, and a world without rights.
And her people needed rescue…So she created the Veteran.
She needed someone too young to vote, unable to read, owning nothing, yet willing to pick up a rifle and win for her people the right to vote.
She needed someone to skip dinner, lift a hundred-pound pack on their back, hike 20 miles through the rain, dig a ditch, lay down in the mud, and sleep for thirty minutes…then get up and do it all over again.
She needed someone to say goodbye to family and friends, sweethearts and unborn children, and travel to unknown shores so they could jump on a grenade to save the life of another.
Someone to leap from a helicopter into icy waters and swim a thousand yards in a hurricane to save a drowning dog.
Someone to calm a terrified child, dig survivors from the rubble, run into a burning building, and unload food for starving villagers…All while under enemy fire.
She needed them to travel across the world, lose a leg, return home, and learn how to walk again.
And then learn to flip burgers, dump trash, mop floors, and thank a customer for a tip for the rest of their lives.
And she needed them to do all that having only asked them once.
And in the end, after all the sacrifice and despair that appends itself to war, and peace, her quiet thank you would be the draped flag adorning her silent hero lying there, a humble goodbye to one who helped her stand…
11 November, 2016