And what does that have to do with Veterans Day? Always remember, freedom is never free. It always comes at a great cost.
Memorial Day in May, is the time to remember those who died in service to their country, while Veteran’s Day, always observed on November 11th, is the time to pause and remember all the others who served but came home.
And each soldier has his or her own story. There are thousands of great personal revelations that the world has never heard
Here is one involving a man every remembers, Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, the kiddy show that aired on PBS for years.
He was gentle and quiet, almost “wimpy,” one of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he portrayed to the youth during his TV career.
His TV trademark was his sweaters, a different one each day. Many of them were handmade by his mother. He was never seen in public without his arms covered.
The reason for that was his tattoos, up and down each arm, front and back. To have seen those numerous tattoos would have revealed his secret. (Well, one of his secrets.)
Fred Rogers was a Navy Seal sniper, combat-proven on the battlefield in Vietnam with more than two dozen confirmed kills.
(That’s right, soft spoken, loveable, mild mannered Fred Rogers, the children’s hero for two decades, was a hit man.)
He was a master in small arms warfare and hand to hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.
After Vietnam, Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister (his second secret) and therefore a pacifist, vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life.
He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit, gentleness, and charm. This is a perfect example of America’s real heroes not flaunting their accomplishments just quietly going about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best.
It’s people like Fred Rogers who earned the freedoms that we all enjoy.
This real life example goes to show, heroes can be found in the most unlikely places