For Veterans Day this year, one of our staff members wanted to share this story:
November 11th might just be any other Sunday for some. People will wake up, turn off the alarm and go about their morning routine. Some will get ready for church. Some will get the kids out of bed and pour a bowl of cereal or make pancakes. Some will go for a morning run and some will even sleep in and enjoy the day of rest.
But for some, it is not any other day. It is a special day; a reminder. It is a day to remember why we hang the flag and watch it wave in the wind. They think about their loved ones who have passed, those who walk down the same aisles and look completely the same but will never forget what it was like to be fighting for freedom. Or, they will remember what they did for our country.
November 11th is Veterans Day. It's not just another holiday that Google automatically fills on your calendar. Think about it. Who do you know that does things a little out of the norm now because of a battle they braved? Who do you know that gets up everyday and lives to tell the magnificent tale of why that flag waves?
For me, I think about my uncle. He passed when I was in elementary school from a car accident, but I remember my dad telling me about my uncle enlisting in the army right out of high school. He would tell me how silly he looked in his helmet, but how cool he looked with all the other gear. My dad said he wasn't in the military long and was never deployed, but he had the courage to say he would go wherever he was ordered to go, whenever he was needed. He was a soldier.
At his funeral, I saw something I only saw in movies. We were all gathered around to say goodbye one last time and then the rifles fired. I saw two men in uniform march over and strategically fold the American flag that had been draped over the casket. They turned and gave this flag, now folded into a beautiful triangle, to my aunt. She hugged that flag so tight and closed her eyes as tears flowed down her cheeks. He was her veteran.
So don't let November 11th be another Sunday. Take time to remember everyone who was a veteran, is a veteran or knows a veteran. It is not just another day for them.