#286 – A Simple “Thing To Do”: Thank a Veteran Every Day – Not Just on Veteran’s Day

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After reflecting on Veteran’s Day this year – with one family member currently serving in Afghanistan and another one on the way there in the spring – I decided to post a very short message this evening.

I want to urge you to think about the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, the things we do every day, the places we go, the things we say – and then think about the people who have protected those freedoms for us every day. They are from all generations, they are all around us.

The next time you see a veteran, the next time you see an active duty military serviceperson, give him or her a simple, “Thank you.” Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures that mean the most.

Remember this: A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the USA for an amount up to – and including – their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact. I am the proud daughter of a combat vet, the granddaughter of a combat vet, the niece of veterans, and the sister and cousin of active duty Army soldiers. Thank a veteran or a soldier today…and every day.

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Photo credits:
Top photo: Child Saluting American Flag by Jeff Turner – respres – on Flickr.com

Collage:
Left: VETERANS DAY CEREMONY 2009 – US ARMY AFRICA – 091110(41a) by US Army Africa on Flickr.com
Middle: Texas by The U.S. Army on Flickr.com
Right:  VETERANS DAY CEREMONY 2009 – US ARMY AFRICA – 091110(X4) by US Army Africa on Flickr.com

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