On his farm, Doug Schmidgall created a unique display of appreciation for military veterans. Using a 20-foot-wide disc that he attached to the back of his tractor, he carved out the heartwarming words “Thank You Troops” on a hill near the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport serving Springfield, Illinois.
According to Illinois’ State Journal-Register, the farmer’s grateful message stretched across a hill about seven football fields wide and 100 yards tall.
Schmigdall, who has two sons in the military, says that whenever he sees a veteran he makes a point to shake his or her hand and say thank you. “They all deserve it,” he affirmed.
Find your own unique way to show appreciation to military personnel for their service and sacrifice—and that of their families. Regardless of how long ago they served, the important thing is never to forget how much they’ve done. They can’t and won’t. Neither should we.
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called. (1 Timothy 6:12)
Help us, Lord, to keep the men and women who serve in the military in our thoughts and prayers.