Thoughts About Veterans Day
I recently told a friend that I don’t need any sort of special day to remember our veterans. I told him I carry gratitude in my heart every single day. I’m delighted that there is a day of national recognition however. It focuses people’s attention and hopefully the public celebration leaves some lingering appreciation in the hearts of American citizens regarding what it means to serve…what it means to be willing to offer yourself up to something bigger than the preservation/protection of a single life (your own).
It’s that willingness that I so admire and appreciate. All through American history good men have stepped forward, giving of their time, their comfort, their peace of mind and potentially their lives as payment for the price of freedom. They are who stands between darkness and our ability to live out the credo “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
In absolute terms they are the treasure of our country. They are where the wealth of America springs from. That’s not an exaggeration. Without them, America is just a lovely idea that could never really be. From the sailor who stands in the cold scraping and painting the ship for the hundredth time, to the administrative assistant, to the cook, to the pilot, to the special operator – every single one of them is deserving of our thanks and praise.
God bless our troops, our veterans and God bless America!