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Thanking Our Veterans

In some ways, I think that I missed out on life.

I don’t have regrets, but I do feel I may have missed out by never having served in the military.

I was never in the armed services, but I have family members that served and good friends that were, and are, in the military.

I don’t know if it was the way I was raised, but I have a deep respect for people who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.

I don’t say that simply to appear patriotic, I sincerely mean it.

The truth is, without the sacrifice, the training, the camaraderie, and the bravery of these men and women who served, we wouldn’t be experiencing life the way we do in America.

When I run by a cemetery and I see flags waving, representing Veterans Day or Memorial Day, I get moved. I’ve been able to see my sons and daughters move into adulthood, but there are other people who had a son or daughter who willingly stepped into the military and they didn’t come home alive.

And for that, I’m forever indebted to those individuals who have fallen and to the families that paid a deep price.

Our Gratitude Should Last More Than a Day

So, wherever you are on the political spectrum, in this arena there is no Republican or Democrat, there is no black or white, red or yellow. We are human beings thanking human beings who sacrificed lives, limbs, time with loved ones, memories missed and special moments skipped as they devoted themselves to our country.

Even beyond this Veterans Day and throughout this Thanksgiving season, we should all have a heart of gratitude for our armed service members past and present.

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When it’s not just a three-day weekend

For a lot of people, Memorial Day is all about BBQs, a time to do landscaping, for long weekends and family. And it should be all of the above, but I think a little bit more. Even more than parades.

And I do love what parades represent.It’s about bringing people together to honor those who have paid the ultimate price.

Flags on Memorial Day

Maybe its an age thing, maybe it’s because I think more, but Memorial Day is in a lot of ways a somber day. It’s a time to remember and reflect upon the numerous people who have their lost their lives so we can have freedom.

There’s something about a person in combat who carried a dead body back to be buried with dignity. There’s something to someone being traumatized by war, combat or just being away from loved ones for so long.

Memorial Day has taken on a different meaning for me. I salute those people who paid the ultimate sacrifice so I can live life they way we live it today. I don’t want to blow it off.

Show a salute an appreciate someone who has protected our freedom and do so on more than just a three-day weekend.


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