If you’re really still and quiet you can hear them in the distance — the sounds of artillery and grenades exploding against the night sky. And every pop represents a person, a man or woman engaged in a battle for our continued freedom in an increasingly hostile and volatile world.
These are soldiers on a mission, just another wave of military combatants building on the legacy of those who have proudly served their country for generations before.
Today I salute those men and women who have served our country so well — our veterans. It has been said many times that freedom isn’t free. And these folks know that all too well, having experienced first-hand the horror and grief of watching comrades die in battle.
Ask most children today who their heroes are, and you’ll likely hear a barrage of names from professional athletes to Hollywood celebrities to cartoon characters.
I love my country. That’s why my heroes are America’s veterans. They represent the best our country has to offer. They have served us well and faithfully. And although they have given so much of themselves for us, I often wonder exactly what we have given them in return.
On this Veterans Day, if you value your freedom, take time out to offer your gratitude to those who have served our country — and your steadfast prayers for those who currently serve.