Originally Published – Monday, November 11th, 2013
“Every Veteran is a hero.” –Joe Walsh
Veteran’s Day. For the longest time, I didn’t know what to make of the day – how to differentiate it from days like Independence Day or Memorial Day among others. It wasn’t until I technically fell under the category of a Veteran that I decided to really take the time to understand what it means.
It wasn’t easy to take in at first and even now, there are times when I don’t think I deserve a fraction of the thanks and appreciation sent my way. After all when I think of Veterans, I think of people who have actually done something to be worthy of the title. But after taking a closer look at things, I’ve come to realize that the title of a Veteran is one that can be shared with many across the way.
While I haven’t been out in the middle of a war or deployed downrange, what I have done, those that I have affected, and the things I have sacrificed in order to do them have been nothing short of immeasurable. Going above and beyond to stand that proverbial Watch so that people way beyond those I directly care about can sleep easy are one of the many reasons why I’ve come to embrace the title of a Veteran with pride.
With that in mind, I believe the family and friends deserve a special mention too. After all, you all are the reason why we do what we do the way we do it. If it wasn’t for your support there’s no telling where we would be so for that, I thank you. I can go on and on with this, but I would just like to close things off by saying that the sacrifices made on the behalf of others to ensure that they could live their lives with the peace of mind of knowing that they are protected couldn’t be thanked enough.
Veterans – past, present, and future – are especially appreciated for a largely under-appreciated, yet significant role in allowing us to live our lives to the fullest. So on the behalf of all of the Veterans out there, we appreciate the appreciation towards what we do, but for you to live life freely is the greatest form of gratitude we can ever ask for.