When you opened your eyes this morning and found yourself safe at home in your own, warm bed- did you thank a veteran? When you leisurely walked outside of your house this morning and got in your car to go for a drive- did you thank a veteran? When you safely dropped your children off to go to school today- did you thank a veteran?
Living in the United States of America is such a privilege and blessing, and although it is easy to take many of the freedoms that we have for granted, it is important to remember that those freedoms do not come without a price. A price that is paid and has been paid by countless men and women throughout history. That is, the honorable men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
I come from a huge military family with 7 of my immediate family members having served in the United States Military. That includes my husband, my dad, my husband’s step-dad, my grandpa, my husband’s grandpa, my brother, and my brother-in-law. Between all 7 of them they served a combined total of 66 years in the Army, Navy, and Marines. To say that I am proud of them would be a complete understatement, but I am undeniably honored to have each of them as my family.
You see, veterans are the most selfless, brave, and dedicated individuals you will ever meet. They are the ones who courageously volunteered to leave their families and their homes to fight long and hard to protect this country and the freedoms in it. They are also the ones who nobly gave their lives so that all of us can freely sit here today safe and sound in our homes with our loved ones. A simple thank you will never be enough, but at the very least a thank you is what our veterans deserve.
So I ask you to not simply thank a veteran today on Veteran’s Day, but rather to thank a veteran every day. When you see a veteran tell them how grateful you are for their service to our country and that you truly appreciate them. I will always have a huge place in my heart for my veteran family and all of the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces. I will always be proud of them and I will never forget the sacrifices that have been made for both me and you, and above all I want to say thank you.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 KJV
Also, if you would like to do more for Veterans or their family, please check out this post on 100 Ways to Thank a Veteran.
Thanks for stopping by! -Cara