A Heartfelt Thanks to All Veterans
“ Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.”
We have learned to say “thank you” to those we meet who are serving or have served in the military but do we truly understand the sacrifices that they have made. Do we understand exactly why we are thanking them?
Those who serve can carry a weapon or fly a drone. They may be out to sea or in the skies. Or they may be with a medical unit or making sure that our troops are well fed.
|There are 19 million US veterans as of 2021.|
All are trained and prepared to defend themselves and their units if the need arises. All make sacrifices that we have not been asked to make.
If you know someone who has served, ask them, if they are willing, to talk about their service.
I’ve spoken about my friend, Vic, who served in Vietnam and was shot in the back and left for dead. He lay in the jungle until the next morning. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to hear his stories of what he and the others went through.
In 2018, about 7% of U.S. adults were veterans, down from 18% in 1980, according to the Census Bureau
Larry served during that era as well but was not in Vietnam. And though I’ve known him for 44 years, I did not learn until a few years ago about his sitting nuclear alert. He said that he and his fellow pilots knew that if the day came when they actually had to fly carrying one of those bombs...they weren’t coming home.
These are stories that need to be told and shared.
I have shared this before but if you have a chance, it’s worth reading from Doc Bailey who was an Army medic and served for over 6 years.
Thank you to those who make so many sacrifices for us.
Thank you to the men and women in the military
who because of what you do, allow the rest of us to continue with our lives.
And to MY hero…
He's the cutie at the top!