Today is veterans day so I have to say a HUGE thank you to all those who stood up to serve our country!
I am so so proud to be an American, and so very proud of our military!
On Sunday I had the opportunity to continue a tradition my grandpa had started at my church with a Veterans Day service. I got some of our children involved, some didn't even know what a veteran was. I was able to make a speech that I hope made an impact on someone at the service.
"As most of you know my grandpa used to do a Veterans Day service every year, so I think it’s my turn to take it over since he’s gone. He instilled in me a respect for veterans and I couldn’t let Veterans Day go by without recognizing our veterans.
When looking up the “official” definition of a veteran I found the generic “someone who served in the military” pretty simple. but I found this that seem to be more fitting…
What is a Veteran? A veteran whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United states of America up to and including his life.
It continued, by saying that is an honor. And there are way to many people In this country today who no longer understand that fact.
And its true.
Young men and women have been serving our country even before we were a freed nation…farmers, slaves, immigrants, rich, poor, some with their whole lives ahead of them and some old enough that they left their lives behind to fight…from Yorktown, VA, to Fort Sumter,SC, from Little Big Horn to Flanders Field. From The beaches of Normandy to the black sand of Iwo Jima. From the mountains of Korea to the jungles of Vietnam. From the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan to the dangerous street of Iraq.
On veterans day the best way we can honor veterans is to not allow them, their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their brothers be forgotten.
Appreciate your freedoms, make the most of your education, your faith, your life. They were more expensive than you know.
Live a life that honors the sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of Americans that died for you.
And shake the hands and say thank you to those veterans who are still here with us.
That’s how you can honor veterans."
We as American are so lucky for the opportunities and freedoms we have. It is all thanks to those men and women who sign that check. Your freedom really is the most expensive thing we will ever have, cherish it.
Please on this day and everyday REMEMBER and honor our veterans! Don't forget those who lost their lives, don't let their sacrifice be forgotten. Remember their families as well!