There was a Livestock Show taking place where a student was about to show his brand new show pig for the very first time. He was nervous as he waiting patiently in the holding area. When all of a sudden, a small voice came from behind saying, “Don’t worry son. You are going to do great.”
The student turned around and noticed the voice came from an older man wearing a Veteran hat.
The student replied. “Thank you sir. That means a lot. Did you used to show?”
The Veteran looked long and hard at the boy and said, “Yes son, I showed, but not like you think.
I used to show livestock when I was in high school. Then after graduation I showed other things. You see, this is what a Veteran Shows:
I SHOWED my face and raised my hand when the military was looking for volunteers.
I SHOWED up when they sent me to Boot Camp.
I SHOWED my pride for this country when I carried that tattered flag into war.
I SHOWED my passion when we charged into conflict and into a flurry of gunfire.
I SHOWED friendship to my comrades and cried when I saw them hurt in combat.
I SHOWED my tears when I get wounded, but I never gave up hope.
I SHOWED my heart to God through my prayers. Prayers that He would get us home and get us healed.
Then after several tours of duty, I SHOWED back up to my wife and family back home and they were a sight to see!
And today, I SHOWED up to watch you show. You see, son, I’ve learned that even though you are in the show-ring for a time, you never stop showing throughout life.”
The student then shook the Veteran’s hand and said, “Thank you sir. I don’t know what else to say, but thank you.
The Veteran then replied, “Son, no matter how you do today, just remember the Show Must Go On. Win or lose, keep showing the best you have of your attitude, spirit, and actions and you’ll be just fine.”
And with these few spoken words from a kind veteran, a nervous young student transformed into a confident leader not only in the show ring, but in the grand drive of life.
Be sure to thank a Veteran for showing the world the effort, determination, and sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms today! I’m so thankful for what a Veteran shows us!
What a Veteran Shows written by Brandon Baumgarten