Veteran’s Day Inspiring Quote:
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Sunday is Veteran’s Day here in the United States and I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have served, are serving, or will serve.
My earliest memories of Veteran’s Day are good ones. They involve drinking…
On 11 November, my mother’s side gathers together and raises a glass to Papa Arthur, Grandpere Loridan, and Roger Collard.
My great-great-grandfather, a great-grandfather and a grandfather. They were not Americans but that doesn’t matter.
The French have had terrible wars fought on their soil and just about every family paid the price. Papa Arthur lost a leg in WWI and Grandpere Loridan suffered irreparable damage to his lungs from Mustard Gas. And my grandfather? Well, my mom didn’t know him until she was 5 because he was in WWII.
They survived the war, but paid a high price. A price we salute every Veteran’s Day, though they are long passed. We make a point to remember.
My Message to My Fellow Americans on Veteran’s Day
We are all busy with our lives and usually Veteran’s Day means a much-needed day off from our jobs.
And we are grateful for that.
But I challenge you to be bigger than that and better than that this year.
Here’s some things to think about on this Veteran’s Day:
- We don’t ever want a war on our soil, and because of that we take the war to other soils. Be grateful for that.
- Soldiers have every single one of the same trials that we civilians have in our lives. Every. Single. One. They have fights with spouses and kids, nightmarish bosses, impossible deadlines, sick family, money problems – everything we all go through. And on top of that, they serve their country. What an added layer of complexity to life! Yet, we have an all-volunteer military here in the United States. Be grateful for that. And lastly,
- There are roughly 74 million children in the U.S and 1 in 5 is being raised in poverty. The Cycle of Poverty is real and the United States military offers a tangible way to break that cycle. Let’s be grateful for that.
This year, I challenge you to at least raise a glass to those who served – a veteran. Be worthy of the sacrifices they made. Pass the stories and family legends on. For it is in this way that we will always be a nation that remembers.
My Message to Veterans
You are the greatest that the United States has to offer, even if you don’t feel like it most days.
The reasons you volunteered to serve don’t matter.
Because you chose to leave one family behind and become part of another.
You volunteered to put your life on hold whenever called to duty.
You volunteered to put higher ideals above personal ideals and you volunteered to risk death for the freedom of your fellow countrymen and your fellow humans.
But you volunteered anyway.
Most Americans can’t imagine the scope of what you sacrifice to be a soldier.
But I can. And I do.
And I work diligently to be worthy of those sacrifices.
So thank you. Thank you for volunteering and thank you for your service – day in and day out.
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: