Have you hugged a vet today? I have right here in my own home. And I’m not talking about my local veterinarian.
Today, November 11, is an official holiday here in the United States – Veterans Day – when we honor those who have served in the armed forces, those we regard with so much gratitude.
We have about 23 million veterans in the US, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. My husband is one of them and the photo I’ve posted here is of him as a young US Army Captain back in the day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says another 2.3 million people are currently serving in the military.
And today is the day set aside to commemorate and thank them not just for their service to us and our country but for being courageous and sacrificing for each one of us.
Freedom isn’t free. We wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms we relish here in the United States if it weren’t for our veterans. Many of them have paid a life-changing price for the freedom that you and I take for granted.
Today many businesses and restaurants are offering free services to our vets. I applaud that effort to recognize those who are serving and have served in our armed forces. But I say let’s go one step further.
Surely, each one of us knows at least one person in our circle of family and friends who is a veteran. Make it a point today to thank them verbally or in writing for their sacrifices made on our behalf.
Let’s really reach out and take it even further. If your path crosses with a veteran on any day, show him/her the respect deserved. Let’s continue to be thankful for these brave men and women each and every day. Let’s pray for their safety and for their families. Let’s check out a local veteran’s center and see what their needs may be. And let’s put our words into actions by helping whether it’s with donations or time to let our veterans know how much we truly appreciate their service. After all, they did so much for us.
Thank you to every one of our vets including my husband, my brother-in-law, and many of our friends strewn from coast to coast. We can never repay you for what you did for us but we can salute you for your willingness to put your life on the line to protect us and our nation.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” ~ Elmer Davis