Last year the Warriors on Wheels came through Sinton, Texas and we learned about it nearly at the last minute. Our church provided some food items for them to eat as they passed on through town. This year, we played a bigger role in that our church was a sponsor, along with others, including HEB. We opened up our church as the place for them to stop and eat.
This meal followed the Veteran's Day Parade. The timing was perfect as the cyclist arrived in town,just in time to ride through the main street with the parade and be honored by those of us who showed up.
And what an honor it was to be in the presence of these humble men and women who fought for our country, so you and I could live with the freedoms we partake of on a daily basis.
I must extend kudos to OUR Ms. Margie who always does a grand job organizing and coordinating this type of event. Thank you Margie for helping us to look good and present our very best to those who deserved the very best.
We had every bit of 50 men, women, and children present and sharing a meal on this day. I believe at this point the cyclists had traveled 500 miles. Or maybe when they finished in Corpus it would be 500 miles. Either way....that's a LONG way to go on a bicycle.
They travel with a lot of vehicles and literally filled up the street in front of our church. It was an incredible sight to see.
It didn't take much looking around to really soak in all that these men and women sacrificed, for us. So many lose their lives every day fighting for this country. This group of men and women did make it home. But the fact that they are home, did not come without sacrifice. They gave of themselves. Literally. With some the scars are visible. With others, they are not. But, suffice is to say that they are there. I was incredibly humbled to walk among them and shake their hands.
I walked away from church on this day, praising God for what I do have. My good health, my family, and let's face it, a whole body that I'm very grateful to have. I owe them so much and giving them a meal just didn't feel like enough. I told one of the ladies that and she said, "but it does....it means a WHOLE lot to us." Tearful moment as we both just nodded our heads.
I also realized that things in life tend to drag us down. Circumstances, unexpected interruptions, illness, and even the trial of losing someone you love. But seeing this group of men and women allowed me a few moments to feel and recognize that I truly am, sincerely, grateful for God and all that He has blessed me with.