Thanking Our Veterans

Veterans Day

Human Events | Margaret Hunter | Nov. 12, 2007

“If you enjoy your freedom, thank a vet.” I read this and can barely hold back the tears. I feel that, because I am a military wife and I know exactly what it means.

It is Veterans Day, and for so many, it is just another long weekend, a day off from work. It is Veterans Day. On this day our every thought should be remembering those who so bravely fought for the very freedom we enjoy. For every American, this day should be about educating ourselves and others on why we celebrate this national holiday. On this day we express gratitude to those who continue to give up their every comfort and leave their family homes to protect the country we and they hold so dear. The men and women in uniform — past and present — are the reason why America is and always will be known as the greatest nation on earth.

Not a day goes by when I don’t do or hear something that reinforces the respect I already hold for those who put their lives on the line. Every day they carry out selfless acts for their country and every American. For me, simply entering a military base or going to the commissary can be an incredibly patriotic experience.

As a military wife, I cherish every moment of my husband’s willingness to share with me his experiences during his tours of duty. They are all memories a fighting man, a veteran of war.

. . . more