Chicago Cubs set to salute the troops Tuesday night at Wrigley Field

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Tuesday is Military Appreciation Night at Wrigley Field – and it means a lot to see the Chicago Cubs honor those who put their country above all else.

Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics is being played in honor of the United States military.  I’m really proud to see that our country has not changed its patriotic spirit, even though the long-lasting wars in Iran and Afghanistan no longer make headlines. There are still men and women serving overseas in austere locations so America can continue to be a force of good and a place of freedom.

What’s really sad is that not many men and women in uniform will be able to attend the Cubs game Tuesday evening to see how much everyone still appreciates them. I’m sure there will be a handful of troops there and I hope they enjoy the game and the evening at the Friendly Confines. But the truth is most service members will be busy doing their jobs protecting us around the world and will not even know there was a Military Appreciation game on the north side of Chicago.

That’s OK though – our small part is just saying, “Thank you for your service,” in whatever way we can and never forgetting they are still out there. If Boeing and the Cubs want to say it with a hat or ticket at Wrigley, then I salute them for thinking of our heroes.

Maybe if we all thanked every service member we met, gave them a hug or shook their hand, it would catch on. Simple gestures of kindness mean so much to our service members and they never forget.