Honoring Veterans

In the United States, this Friday is the special day dedicated to honoring veterans.

Honoring veteransWhat comes to mind? Among other things, The Star Spangled Banner and Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A.

Two very different songs, but they communicate the same things to this U.S. Air Force girl’s heart. The same things I see when I look at the American flag and or any American uniform within our Department of Defense.

Honor.

Courage.

Commitment to a cause bigger than themselves.

Sacrifice for the greater good.

Love.

A love that will place itself between me, my children, my loved ones and evil.

No matter the sacrifice.

Fully committed.

Sometimes drawing on every ounce of courage within.

Fulfilling their duty with honor.

 

That’s what comes to mind when I hear those two songs. That’s why they have the power to bring tears to my eyes and produce a lump in my throat. I can’t help but remember the men and women who swore an oath to protect and defend the United States of America.

Thank you.Honoring veterans is often as easy as saying, Thank you. I know that feels inadequate, even when I can squeak it out past the lump in my throat.

But I am thankful. 

To all the Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, and Guardsmen: I honor you this Veterans Day. Your courage and commitment are appreciated. Your sacrifice astounds me, and your love humbles me.

Thank you.