Canadian Forces veteran moved by note of thanks on his vehicle
When Labrador City resident Jim Stanton returned to his car after running errands at the Labrador Mall, he spotted a note under his windshield wiper and assumed the worst.
© Photo by Ty Dunham/The Aurora
Jim Stanton will never forget the anonymous note of thanks for his service, which was left under his windshield wiper after noticing his veteran license plates. Standing in front of the Labrador City Legion, Stanton said he believes the gratitude is for all veterans. Photo by Ty Dunham/The Aurora.
“Oh geeze,” he thought. “Someone slammed their car door into mine – you’re kidding me, right? And they left a note saying they’re sorry.”
Irritated, he grabbed the note. But it wasn’t an apology.
Scrawled on a sheet torn from a notepad were three simple words, “Thanks for serving.”
Inspired by the “veteran” license plate on his vehicle, the anonymous note took Stanton’s breath away. The retired airborne infantry officer took a moment to compose before heading home, where he posted a picture of the note on a Labrador Facebook page.
In less than 24 hours his post received over 350 “likes,” with people commenting on the kind gesture and giving their own words of thanks to veterans.
“It spiraled into the best way social media can,” Stanton told The Aurora.
An officer in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry for 25 years (both as a regular and reserved member), Stanton knew the gratitude wasn’t meant just for him.
“I thought, what a lovely, considerate thing to do. Not for me, but for all veterans. They didn’t sign their name; they didn’t say, ‘I’m a veteran, too.’ They took a moment of their life to say ‘Thanks for serving’ and stuck it on a windshield.”
From Alberta, Stanton moved to Labrador West three years ago, a place he has fallen in love with.
“It’s easy to see why. It’s the people.”
A random act of kindness has no limits to its recipients. Something as simple as saying “thank you” can have a tremendous impact on an individual, and even a community.
“Whoever did that took a moment out of their life, and it’s made a difference to me, and clearly made a difference to others.”
It’s a kind gesture Stanton won’t take for granted.
“That’s going to affect me for the rest of my life. You know there are terrible things happening in the world, but it’s awfully nice for someone to take a moment and say thank you.”