Saturday, November 12, 2016

Veterans Day- All Day, Every Day

2016 Veterans Day has come and gone and many of you may be wondering where my standard Veterans Day post is.  The fact of the matter is that November 11th is most certainly a day worth celebrating but I can't help but feel that every day there are veterans deserving of a celebration, recognition and honor.  Why limit it to just one day?

Although I remained somewhat silent, I did enjoy carousing around Facebook and reading the tributes to all of your family members, random strangers, the active and the fallen and the men and the women of those dedicated to our way of freedoms.  This particular tribute from 2014 struck me strongly.   What an inspiration this little boy, of only 6 years, is.   To have the depth of understanding of the sacrifices our WW2 veterans made, was incredibly moving and gives me hope that our younger generation will keep the legacies of this group alive.   Personally, it is something I have tried to teach my, now 13 year old, daughter over the years.   And as it turns out, she may have been listening!  This year, she gave her very own tribute to our veterans, in the form of a play,  in front of the entire school!  An immensely proud Mama moment indeed.  Please take a moment to watch this little man's act of gratitude for those who gave up so much for the sake and safety of so many.

And let's use these young ones as an inspiration to discover ways we can show our appreciation to every vet we encounter.  Paying homage to our brave military men and women who proudly don the uniform in defense of our beloved country and the freedoms we so indulgently enjoy should always be in the back of our minds.  So, I encourage you to look for ways to celebrate Veterans Day everyday by reaching out to our service men and women and thanking them for their tireless service.  Even the simplest act of a handshake, a greeting, a smile or a kind word is all it takes to show them our heartfelt gratitude,  for this group of people are the humblest among us.  It is the least we can do.

With that, on November 12th and everyday forward, I wish you a very Happy Veterans Day!

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