Today we should all take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served and currently serve our country in the armed forces.
Throughout our nation's history our freedom was won and protected by those individuals who answered a higher calling, a calling that took many of them to fight those who are opposed to the inalienable right of men and women to be free to pursue life liberty and happiness.
Many of those who answered that call did not return and many who did made sacrifices far greater than most of us could ever expect to be asked of us in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, war is all too real and comes at a very high price in human lives, pain and suffering.
To the extent we are able we strive to recognize their efforts, their sacrifices and their pain. Veterans Day is nice in that it makes us take pause from our own lives and think about our veterans and the sacrifices they made. But to reflect on their service and sacrifice is a hollow gesture if in the end we don't do all that we can to support our soldiers in battle, to support our veterans when they come home and to do everything we can to uphold the Constitution and the ideals they fought for.
Each one of us has the opportunity to do just that. Contact families whose loved ones are currently serving and let them know they have your support. Donate items for soldiers who are serving overseas that will make their lives a little easier and maybe a little more like home. Say thank you to a veteran and ask if there is anything you can do to show your appreciation. Make a contribution to a veteran's organization like the American Legion or VFW.
While the history of Veterans Day is important I don't want to take up much time except to say to all veterans and all who are currently serving in the armed forces: thank you. Thank you for the sacrifice you have made for me, my family and our country.