Hoist a mug to our Presidents
That’s the number of US Presidents who have served in the military. In other words, 64.44% of the 45 people who have served as President of the United States (remember to only count Grover Cleveland once) have also served in one of our country’s military branches.
It Began With Our 1st President
In many ways it makes sense. Serving in the military requires leadership, loyalty and a commitment to both the US and its citizens. It follows logically that individuals with those attributes would be a good fit for the nation’s highest office. And it’s no surprise that the list includes our nation’s very first President. His birthday next week is one of the reasons for the timing of the holiday.
We feel an especially strong kinship with the six former Presidents who served in the Navy or Naval Reserve. They are: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush. We have to believe that the challenges each of them navigated during their Naval service helped prepare them for their terms at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
When we were young, many of us dreamed of being President one day. Sitting in the Oval Office, addressing the Nation and dining with royalty. It’s a wonderful dream, but it’s not the only dream out there. And it’s not the only way to have an impact on the world.
Many Ways To Serve
Our best Presidents were people who were selfless and cared about their fellow citizens. That’s what made them great. So this President’s Day, take a moment to reach out to someone and let them know that you care. Of course, we’d hope you do it over a cup of Old Salt Coffee, but it’s the act and message that counts the most.
Old Salt Coffee is brewed by veterans who understand that service comes in many different forms. And you don’t have to hold a special title or wear a uniform to be a hero.