“Thank You for Your Service”

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Number 1961 at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

The train was at the station.  The conductor was assisting passengers as they boarded the train.  A marine in uniform walked up to the conductor.  “Mr. Conductor, I thank you for your service.”

The conductor was puzzled.  “Thank you, but I should be saying that to you.”

“No, sir,” said the marine.  “Because of what you do, the baggage handlers do, the car cleaners do, the engineers do, the mechanics do, the chefs do, the servers do, the ticket agents do, the track repairers do, we are able to serve our nation in the United States Armed Forces.  Because of your work, we in the military are able to go to and from the battlefield.  Therefore, I thank you for your service.”

“Well,” said the conductor, “I am honored and happy to be at your service.  I hope you enjoy your journey.”

“Because of all of you,” said the marine, “I will.”

The marine boarded the train and went to his seat.

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Caboose Number 90704 at the Hocking Valley Railway in Nelsonville, Ohio

I wish everyone a HAPPY LABOR DAY.

Norfolk and Western Railway Number 611 and 382 at the Strasburg Railroad in Gap, Pennsylvania

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