Veterans Day. To many it simply means they are getting the day off and luckily enough this year a three day weekend. What is Veterans Day? What does it mean to you? There are those that pay lip service to the day. But do they understand the meaning and intent behind the day?
It was the end of World War 1 and called Remembrance Day, the end of fighting on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. A day to recognize all of those in uniform who helped keep our freedoms intact. To keep the wolves at bay.
Having served for 22 years I try to honor the men and women in uniform, past and present, every single day. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of one of my friends who served or who may still be serving. To those that have been lost.
I am proud to have served and am proud to call so many who have served, my friend. It’s hard for someone who has never served in the military to understand the pride we take in our uniform, our flag, our country. Even during the darkest of times. They don’t see or understand how much it hurts to see people take their freedoms for granted. The disregard they sometimes have for their country and it’s leaders.
Remember those that have kept freedom of speech alive for you so you can openly criticize your country and your ability to choose. A Veteran has done that for you. Don’t take them for granted. Say thank you and mean it. Don’t think about that Veteran once a year, think about them every day.
For all of my brothers and sisters in arms. Hold your head high, be proud and thank you!