Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day has taken on a new meaning for our family in the last couple of years. As I grew up, it was a time to remember the service of some for the greater good of the whole. I knew that it was a time to show respect for members of the armed services who have given their time, service and lives to our country. It still means those things to me, but now it has become more personal. And while I am glad for my new attitude, my new respect for the folks who have served in the name of freedom for the last couple of hundred years, I am also saddened that as an American, it took a very personal experience to get me to that place.

We are our country. America is not just a place, but a culture and attitude of freedom. We should celebrate that and the people who have made it possible for us. I applaud our freedom of speech in this country, but never at the expense of belittling the folks who made it possible for me to have it.

I sent the message below to some friends and family that have served in the armed forces.

“On this Veteran’s Day, I wanted to make sure that I thank soldiers and their family members for your service to our country.

I believe that we live in the greatest country in the world. Not perfect, but the best, and I believe that is due in part to our military. I want to make sure that the people I know and love, know that their service, sacrifice, hard journeys and the journeys yet to come are appreciated.

I also want the family members to know that I believe their service is important too. Just ask a soldier how important their family is to them. Priceless. I know what it is like to wait and pray for a soldier, for individuals, platoons, companies, our country and leaders every day. I also know that as I was praying for soldiers I didn’t know, there were people praying for my soldier as well. I am humbled.

No service is too small. Like a chess game, all the pieces have different jobs, some have more responsibility or power than others, but the game could not be played without them all.

Thank you for your service to our country, to me and to our collective future.
In honor, love and respect, Marie”

Thank someone today for their service. No matter how big or small the contribution, it is the effort of the collective that has made the difference.

2 Responses

  1. Cannot be said enough, regardless of political view, seriously! We need to show our gratefulness tangibly!

  2. […] Thank-you all who have served, thank-you so much.  In my struggle to express my gratitude (me, a person who is rarely at a loss for words), my friend Marie wrote beautifully.  You may read her lovely, heartfelt words here. […]

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