Everyday should be Veteran’s Day
I clearly remember the day my eldest brother left for Vietnam because it was the first time I ever saw my father cry.
Dad had all of us gather by the family car for a group photograph before leaving to drive my big brother Bill to the airport to serve his country.
I still remember Dad’s eyes brimming with tears as we left him there that day.
To the military, he was an Air Force Sargent. To us, he was a son, and a big brother that was going away for a very long time.
Over the years this scene has been replayed countless times in homes around our country. Our family worried and thought about our loved one serving in harm’s way.
We were among the lucky ones, he came home.
Today’s families with loved ones serving worry and think about their sons, daughters, brothers sisters and spouses so far from home.
For many, their loved ones don’t come home because they made the ultimate sacrifice.
Our soldiers serve and protect every day. They don’t get to say, nah I’ll take today off because I don’t feel like going in to work today.
Don’t get me wrong. I am glad there is a national holiday set aside to pay respect to our soldiers. I just don’t think one day each November is enough.
It is sobering to think of what life might be like if soldiers were not willing to make sacrifices.
I doubt there are any soldiers serving that are fighting for what is in front of them on whatever battlefield they stand upon. They are fighting for what was left behind back home.
Because of this we are free to voice our opinions. Free to protest when we disagree about something.
Our veterans that serve deserve much more than one day every November. So do their families.