Tomorrow is Veterans day. A day to remember all veterans who served our country.
Far too many died for this thing we call freedom. Far too many suffered catastrophic injuries in the call to duty.
All served with honor.
They served their country. They served their people. Us.
"Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then as I regard him now -- as one of the world's noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give." (General Douglas MacArthur)
They left the cities, farms, universities, high schools, and their families to serve. Not all served in combat. Some served in the lonely far flung places of the world where the only thing to do, as the saying goes, is to, Count Snowballs.
Some served on or under the sea. Lonely months away from kith and kin.
Some served in the air.
Some went into space.
Many served in offices, kitchens, warehouses, and other places which provide the materiel, making sure troops get the things they need to serve.
They wore the uniform. They did their duty. They served with honor.
We forget them. They live quietly among us. They are our grandparents, parents, children, siblings, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others who we come into contact with in our day to day lives.
We take them for granted.
On this day, Veterans Day, try to remember all those who served. If you know veterans, thank them for their service.
Try to remember. It is the least we can do.
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