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“Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
– Billy Graham

Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a day we have set aside from all other  days to honor those who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces. We should look forward to this day—not as simply another holiday or chance to save big at a “Veteran’s Day Sale”—but as an opportunity for thankfulness.

The proud service of our veterans shape the image of how we see ourselves as United States Citizens and the manner in which citizens of other countries interpret our place on the world stage. Their strength and courage inspires all of us to stand tall!

That we are not waking up this morning to the sounds of gunfire as rebels threaten our homes and families is a testament to the fortitude our nation exhibits through the courage and exemplary service of our Armed Forces. We owe so much to the little-seen efforts of these dedicated men and women in hostile countries, on ships at sea, or behind closed doors. They work far from the spotlight and the big stage, yet their actions are critical to the safety and well-being of all Americans.

As a nation we have an obligation to pause our daily routine to remember those who put their entire lives on hold to serve us—you and me, and our parents and our children, and their children. The sacrifices they made continue to influence the freedoms we enjoy, yet too often overlook. When it comes to men and women of the Armed Forces, let’s not forget their service and instead make it a habit to practice thankfulness on purpose.

Whatever you are, honor the sacrifice of those who have served!


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Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul” [Michel de Montaigne].

Mine is not a military family.  I have never endured the absence of a family member who chose to serve, protect or defend our country.

As a small girl, I vaguely recall my uncle returning from “service” and presenting me with a perfectly sized Chartreuse robe (with impressive gold thread) from Morocco.  But I do not remember our family discussing his mission or celebrating his accomplishments. Or, perhaps they did, outside of a child’s awareness.

In the past, I’ve never quite known how to show my gratitude to our veterans for their service. My appreciative comments seem to be so small compared to the enormity of the sacrifice.

I cannot begin to imagine the road our veterans elected to travel or why they chose to do so.

What compels an individual to put personal needs and desires aside
in order to serve our country?

To leave loved ones a world away?

To be willing to sacrifice everything for people they will never meet?

To create the possibility of a safe future for generations of people who will never know their name?

  • Not for the flex time or extended lunch breaks.
  • Not for personal gain or notoriety.
  • Not for a corner office with a view of the city.
  • Not for a fat salary and six-figure bonus package.
  • Not for the healthcare or the safe working environment.
  • Not for many of the things that beckon us toward an enviable career with an important title.

Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a time to honor those who have served America and her people, engaged the enemy, protected the border, fought for freedom, rejected the convenient, turned away from the conventional, and paid the price.

To all our veterans and their families, I extend a sincere, “Thank you!” America wouldn’t be the great nation she is today without your service.  We are in your debt.

Let us no longer “take for granted the very people that most deserve our gratitude” [Cynthia Ozick].

Whatever you are, be a good one!


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