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Freedom Isn’t Free: It Always Comes With A Price

What is a veteran? According to Merriam-Webster, a veteran is anyone who has had long experience in a particular field. Maybe I should rephrase my question… what is a military veteran? A military veteran can be a man or a woman. He/she is someone whoV_Day-Feature-Banner-300x176 may be actively serving, discharged, reserves or retired. A military veteran is someone who has sacrificed much, including: time with family and friends, lost limbs, higher salaries that they could have been making in the private sector and have even, sometimes, sacrificed their very lives for the sake of freedom.

Maybe that is why some people’s first thought is not to tell the young service members “Happy Veterans Day” or celebrate them the way that they celebrate and honor the older generation of military members. Our first thought is typically that a veteran is someone older, right? Wrong.

I think we need to realize that our world has changed and our military continues to be a major part of that change. We have 18-year olds who leave as boys and girls and return to us as grown men and women. 19-year olds who have seen and done more in a year or 2 in the military than most of us have seen and done with our enVeterans-Daytire lives. 20-year olds who are sent to war, who deploy and come back home with all types of mental and physical wounds. These young men and women, just like the 75-year old WWII veteran, are too America’s heroes. They deserve the same honor, celebration, gratitude and appreciation that we display to the older generation of military men and women.

With that said, if you have not already done so, tell a service member ‘Thank You‘ today. And, if you are a present or former military member, let me take this time to thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I know, from experience, that it is not easy and you deserve so much more than we can ever repay. Also, to the men and women who have found their place in standing beside a soldier, sailor, marine, airman or coastie, please know that you are never forgotten. I, also from experience, understand the difficulties that you face as a spouse, child or other loved one of someone in the military. I truly honor you on this day for your service and sacrifice and for continuing to stand and support your service member through it all. We salute and honor you all on this, and every, day.

Past, present and future…

Happy Veterans Day!

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I wanted to take this time to thank the men and women who have served, presently serve and will serve in the future. This day is often celebrated, in some way, by many different industries. Some people take the day off and some companies, and schools, close to honor this day. Others give away an item or service for free to our veterans and still others have parades or plan other events to show their appreciation to the men and women who have chosen to fight for our country and its freedoms.

There are simply no words to express how thankful I am to each and every one of you that have made the decision to serve. I’m sure the decision was not an easy one and it is surely life-changing. In some cases, the decision may very well have been one that some family members are still trying to cope with. At any rate, this message of thanks is intended for all of you. Yes, even you. To all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice and the families of those fallen and missing military members, you are forever in my prayers and will never be forgotten.

To the families of those who currently serve or have served, I take my hat off to you. No one knows the burden and loneliness that comes with being the spouse or child of a service member. Yet, no one can truly understand the pride that comes from being the family member of a soldier (airman, sailor, marine or coasties), either. It is a life that few choose to live out. It is definitely not for everyone but it is one that brings great honor to those who truly embrace it.

“Thank You” sure does not feel like it is good enough however, “Thank You” is all that I have to give. Be sure to thank a veteran (active duty, reserves, retired, discharged…doesn’t matter) and make a military husband, wife or child feel special today (and every day). Let them know that they are loved, appreciated and will never be forgotten.

September 11th – An Anniversary to Remember

Usually on anniversaries you would hear people say the word “Happy” in front of that word but this particular anniversary does not exude happiness, especially for those who have to live with the loss of a loved one. Husbands lost wives; wives lost husbands; sons and daughters lost their mother and fathers. There is nothing ‘happy’ about that.

Now, 13 years later, we are still honoring all those whose lives were taken in a tragic terrorist attack on our country. There are schools that have opted to have no school today and some that will only be in session for half the day (like my children’s school). There are employees that have chosen to take this day off and even some companies that have continued to implement the “moment of silence”.

Although I did not personally lose anyone on this day, I believe that the world came together (and continues to come together) in a way that we never have before. We all felt some sense of loss in the many people that did actually lose someone that they knew and loved. When I look at all of this, and think about the many lives that were affected by these attacks, I cannot help but feel a sense of camaraderie. It’s a sense of ‘standing in the gap’ for our brothers and sisters and I love this display of unity and hope.

Not only do we honor those that passed on to the other life, on this day, but we also honor the many brave men and women that have died fighting to defend our freedoms, that we hold so dearly. There are no words that can express the deep gratitude that many of us feel when we think about our men and women in uniform (soldiers, police officers, firefighters, etc.). There is also no way to repay the sacrifice so many military families and civilian families have had to make so that we may live and raise our children in a free society. So, although, this day does not bring with it great memories, it does bring a sense of unity that we have never had before.

My grandmother used to say “Give me my flowers before I’m gone.” I’m sure many of you know what she meant by that but this is what I took it to mean… To honor her while she is still living and let her know that I cared while she could still respond to it. With that in mind, I leave you with this…why not tell someone you love that you love them now? We never know what tomorrow may bring.

Please take a moment today to remember…We will never forget!