Veteran’s Day… A holiday that, as a child, I really never much considered, despite growing up across the street from an Air Force Base. I believe I was in Middle School before I really remember hearing the word Veteran. As I got older, it meant an early out from school. I knew that my dad was always a bit quiet on this day and he wanted to be around my brother and me, but I didn’t get it. Now, being in my thirties, with children of my own, I understand why my dad seemed so much in thought every year on this day. I want to make sure that my children understand the sacrifice that Veterans make for us every day. That they understand that these men and women have risked there lives for our safety and freedom. That their families have risked losing their loved ones. And that even when these soldiers return home, for many of them, life will never be the same.
To all you men and women out there who have fought for and are still fighting for our country, I can only offer my deepest gratitude and assure you that we will never forget what you have done for us.