It is Veterans Day in the United States and a day of remembrance marking the end of World War I in many nations the world. This day is also a reminder that public service is the lifeblood of a nation and something that all of us can participate in, wherever we find ourselves. Sometimes, that service is as simple as recognition of others for their service.
United Airlines Honors Veteran Ramp Worker
Larry Ferrarini is a dual veteran. He’s a U.S. Army veteran who served his country in the Vietnam War. He’s also a 51-year United veteran, serving as a ramp worker in Chicago. His colleagues speak highly of him and Ferrarini himself links the cohesion of his colleagues at O’Hare Airport with the sort of cohesion he experienced in his Army unit.
To honor his service, United repainted a baggage tractor in camouflage and placed the U.S. Army emblem on the hood. This now serves as Ferrarini’s exclusive vehicle at ORD.
Larry, thank you for you service.
The manner in which Ferrarini was honored by co-workers presents a blueprint for how each of us, in our own spheres of influence, can honor service and help build a better nation. Not everyone will serve in the military, but many will serve their neighbors, towns, states, or country in ways that help build a better nation.
Giving honor to those who have sacrificed is not merely an exercise in flattery, but a genuine act of thanksgiving that also serves as a motivator to step up your own game. It is itself service.
We honor veterans not because they are superhuman, but because they are super humans, a descriptor I apply to all those who pour out their blood, sweat, and tears into helping others.
Thank you to every veteran who has sacrificed for the cause of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. But let us not just honor them, but emulate their qualities of humility, sacrifice, and service that are essential in preserving and strengthening a nation. That starts with being thankful. Where it ends is only up to our imagination and our diligent labor.