Monday was Veteran’s Day, and if you served, thank you! Fred Canada – my partner and an ex-Marine – celebrated the day before Veteran’s Day by humming the Marine Corps Hymn. He does it every year on November 10th to honor the day they were established in 1775. When I attempted a salute in his honor, he was quick to criticize my form. Marine salutes are unlike others, he told me. Quicker, more snap, the fingers placed just so … blah blah blah. He also admitted that he loved Marine Birthday because they got free beer all day, so his devotion to the corps is not pure and perfect, either. Although his salute still is. Or so he tells me.
Fred’s a veteran in more ways than one. If you count the fact that he bought and merged businesses when we were expanding our own company via acquisition, he’s been handling sales and mergers for over 20 years. That’s a lot of experience, and he uses it to a client’s advantage, coming up with solutions based on past negotiations, or suggesting a new and unique way to look past a potential roadblock.
I made a four-hour round trip with him on Saturday so he could present an offer to a business owner. Because I’m all about the sales and marketing side and consider P&L statements and current prime rates to be out of my realm, I go along on these rides as company and comic relief. It was impressive to hear him give advice and guide those owners along the path to making the best deal. When we got back in the car, I said, “I love a man in a uniform and I love a man who speaks a foreign language, and I’ve got both.”
So give your veteran a little extra love this week, whatever kind of veteran he or she is. Ooo-rah!