Veterans Day is About All of Us

by Richard Pearson

When I meet individuals who have served in the United States military, I always try to thank them for their service. I think it is important to express gratitude to those who willingly step up to serve the cause of freedom by serving in our military.

It is even more remarkable when I see young people are currently enlisted in the military because we have been at war with terrorists across the globe for nearly 20 years. People joining the military today have a high probability of being sent to a combat zone. 

So, it is very important to show these outstanding men and women that we appreciate their willingness to serve. 

What we should do and what we actually do are often two completely different things. Lucky for us, we have a day set aside every year to formally say, “Thank You” to our veterans. 

In a sense, Veterans Day is as much about those who have not served as it is about those who have served.  

Abraham Lincoln said, “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Veterans Day is about honoring our veterans, but it is also a challenge to us to serve the same cause that our veterans have served. It is a call to us to do what we can as civilians to protect our freedoms. We heed that call by fighting every day for our Constitutional rights and we will continue to honor our nation’s heroes by fighting for the cause of freedom and we hope you will heed that call as well.

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