Many people who reside in cities and towns throughout the United States have never been privy to what it’s like to live in the vicinity of a military installation.
For those of us who have had the privilege to serve our country, we have become intimately familiar with how we are treated in areas not known for their military bases versus areas that have an installation within the city limits.
It’s why we appreciate any honors our veterans receive, from wherever we receive them.
While most regions throughout the country are respectful of members of the military, people who have served have a special affinity for those towns whose backyards are dominated by tanks, jets, helicopters, and ships.
Fort Hood is one of those places that has become integrated with its host city to the point where their histories are inseparable. The respect and support of the people of Killeen, Texas, is palpable and iron-strong.
When Kenneth Varnes, a resident of Killeen, was driving north on Highway 195 on Friday, and noticed a fallen veteran’s funeral procession on the other side of the roadway, he did something that struck him as being the only thing to do.
‘This is probably going to make someone’s day, seeing me stand here, and I know how it is to go through a tough time like that, and I really just did it just to make someone’s day, that was it,’ Varnes said.
Varnes said it was pouring rain when he got out of his vehicle, but a few seconds later, the rain reduced to a drizzle.
‘As soon as I got back in the truck, it poured again, which was really cool,’ Varnes said.
A short time later, Varnes received multiple social media notifications, as someone had snapped a photo of him saluting in the rain.
But what many are calling an act of respect and honor, is something Varnes said he didn’t think twice about.
‘I don’t care if they were 80 years old, they were in World War II, they were in Vietnam, they were in Iraq, I don’t care if they were 20,’ Varnes said.
At one point, they all served the same country, and that’s worth recognizing.
‘It’s a brotherhood,’ he said.”
That brotherhood obviously extends beyond the military. And let’s not forget that President Trump will always support our brave soldiers!
At no time in the report from CBS10 KWTX does it state that Varnes was, himself, a veteran, which says a lot for this young man who stood in the rain for a fallen soldier, just to show his respect.
For my part, I salute Kenneth Varnes for his support and patriotism.
Thank you, sir!
Source: CBS10 KWTX