Why do we pause every so often to acknowledge and honor special efforts by special people with appreciation award, or milestones in people's lives?
After all life would go on without special occasions. We would still get up in the morning, go to work, care for the kids.
Perhaps we honor people with recognition programs because, sooner or later, we realize that we don't know how much time we've got here and every day becomes a little more precious. So too, the people we admire become more appreciated.
We honor people retiring, a hero that saves lives, not only in the line of duty, but, because they care enough to risk their lives. We also have every day people that deserve this honor, the unsung heroes of our lives. These people would not take a metal if offered, they are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends and the list goes on. So to these people in your lives say "I am Proud of You", thanks for being in my life and caring enough to give.