As a Veteran waking up on this brisk November morning, I like to remind my family and friends that we find ourselves in a world defended by the brave, the strong, and the selfless. Today, on Veterans Day 2023, we pause to honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect ours.
The Unyielding Dedication of Our Veterans
Serving in the military is a commitment like no other. It’s an oath to put your country before yourself, to face danger head-on for the safety and security of your fellow citizens. It’s a promise to uphold the principles of our nation, even when it means being far from home, away from loved ones, and in harm’s way.
Today, we express our profound gratitude to these valiant individuals, our veterans, who have willingly walked into the face of adversity to safeguard our liberties. Their service and sacrifices are immeasurable, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never fully be repaid.
Stories of Heroism and Resilience
Throughout our nation’s history, countless heroic tales have emerged from all branches of the military. From the Navy sailors navigating treacherous waters, the Army soldiers on the front lines, the Air Force pilots soaring through the skies, to the Marines on foreign beaches and Coast Guard personnel relentlessly defending our own coasts and borders, each story is a testament to the courage, resilience, and dedication of our service members.
One such story is that of Sergeant Major John Canley. During the Vietnam War, he led his company through an enemy-infested city, saving countless lives and displaying extraordinary heroism. Despite being wounded, he refused to be evacuated, exemplifying the spirit of selflessness and bravery that defines our veterans.
Paying Tribute to Those Currently Serving
While we share these stories of heroism, let’s not forget those who are currently serving, particularly those far from home. Your dedication and service are not unnoticed, and today, we honor you. You represent the enduring strength and resilience of our nation, and we thank you for your service.
How Can We Show Our Gratitude?
Showing our gratitude to veterans shouldn’t be confined to Veterans Day alone. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:
Volunteer: Local veterans’ hospitals always need volunteers. Consider spending some time helping out—it’s a direct way to say thank you.
Reach Out: If you have a loved one who is a veteran, reach out to them. A simple ‘thank you’ can mean more than you might think.
Invite a Veteran of Service member for a home cooked meal. Trust me, this one is an excellent way to make of our currently enlisted single soldier feel appreciated.
As we enjoy our freedoms today, let’s remember those who have fought— and continue to fight— to preserve them. Let’s ensure that our gratitude and support for our veterans is not just a once-a-year event but a year-round commitment. After all, every day is a good day to say thank you to a veteran.