I proceeded to Bremerton Helpline to donate boxes of apples from our trees and was told to take them to the back ramp where folks will help me unload. As I pulled in a number of young sailors from the crew of the USS Nimitz ran to my car and, acting as if I was a four-star Admiral, asked,” Sir,could we help you unload?”

They quickly unloaded and then returned my containers. I could have left without getting our of my car if I had wished to do so

I went inside to see a number of these sailors in uniforms that matched the quality of their owners. Clean and neat, the men shaven and working with the quiet dignity of professionals. I asked a few why they were here on their own time donating their skills and labor. The answer was perfect. “On duty we are defending all of this great nation but here we also are defending the lives of a few who need it badly.”

All the way home I felt proud to have talked with these young folks. The next time you meet someone from the Nimitz, or any sailor, soldier, airman, Marine or Coast Guard, thanked them for their service and then thank them again for their kindness.  We are truly in good hands.

Bob Lamb, Manchester