Postmen and women have long been admired for their commitment to deliver the nation's mail, no matter what the weather. In fact, the inscription on New York's James Farley Post Office reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” While it's not an official motto, the United States Postal Service has stood by the promise for centuries, and for long-term employees like Glenn Corbett, it's a phrase they know well.
Glenn Corbett, of Pensacola, Florida, has been a postman for 35 years. In that time, he's seen a lot of weird and wonderful things on his route and delivered mail in all sorts of weather. A typical day for Glenn is filled with the hustle bustle of driving a truck and delivering mail, but on February 4, 2016, he saw something that made him stop working and stand by the side of the road. Yes, it was raining, but Glenn was used to that, and his postal creed? Even it took a backseat to what he was about to do.
You see, Glenn had spied a funeral motorcade for a WWII veteran coming down the road. Perhaps he was thinking about the fact that without the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans there would be no mail at all, or perhaps he was simply moved to show respect to a family who'd lost a loved one.
Either way, he removed his hat, crossed his hands, and stood solemnly by the side of the road until the motorcade had passed, rain trickling down his face and soaking his uniform.
It's amazing what kind of effect a single image like this one can have. When I look at it, I can only hope that I would have the mindfulness to do the same thing if I were in Glenn's situation. With the comforts of modern-day America all around us, it can be too easy to forget that the freedoms we enjoy were paid for with veteran lives. It's a sobering reminder of just how much we take for granted.
Carole Chase-Draughan, daughter of the veteran who'd passed away, was also impressed by the respect Glenn showed her father, and snapped the picture above. The image has been shared over 31,000 times since she uploaded it to Facebook, and we hope you'll share it with your friends and family as well. We may not be standing in the rain, but like Glenn, we can all take a moment to honor our veterans.