For Americans, today, November 11th, is Veterans Day. This day is set aside to remember and to show gratitude toward all of those brave men and women who have served or who are currently serving in our Armed Forces. Many say that we are celebrating and commemorating “the sacrifices” that these people have made and that, indeed, is true. But, while some have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of or protection of our freedom, all those who have served (and their families) have sacrificed and struggled to pursue this calling. Military service is no small endeavor, regardless of branch.
It is the distinct privilege of those, who like myself, who have never served to honor and hold in great respect all those who have. Having been raised by a father who served proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Era, I understand a bit of what our freedoms have cost. Thankfully, I can never know the full burden of what these people have suffered for my sake. But, I do know that the freedoms that I hold dear all came at a frightful price and that they must be protected with vigor by each passing generation.
Currently, my brother is serving in the Army, continuing our family’s commitment to service. In turn, I hope that the next generations in our family will support the military, either through proud service or unwavering support.
This Veteran’s Day, take a moment to thank those that you know who have served. Teach your children about any ancestors that they may have that served proudly. Honor the fallen and show gratitude toward the living. It’s the very least we can do.
Till next time,