Thoughts About This Veteran's Day

The recent election is over. Perhaps you voted, perhaps you didn’t. That’s your right and no one’s business but yours. You and I have liberty to pursue our goals and attempt to fulfill personal dreams. On this Veteran’s Day, you don’t have to be a warrior to appreciate and honor the sacrifices men and women warriors made and continue to make to keep America’s ideals and freedom intact. I’m thankful there are still those who believe in service to their country – in many cases a call deeply engrained as family tradition going back generations. They risk all.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, you know the stakes are higher than ever before. Last year I shared my uncle’s WWII veteran’s story about serving his country as one of the “greatest generation.”  It’s worthwhile to repeat what I wrote then: With a strong moral compass, they went to war with a common purpose – duty and to protect our liberty. They saved the world for us who came after – the baby boomer generation and all our “nexters.”

Make no mistake – it continues to be a dangerous world out there. We all have incredibly busy lives but Veteran’s Day is an excellent time to pause, reflect and honor all the men and women with “the right stuff” who’ve served and continue to serve to keep war away from America’s front door.

A version of this article appeared on November 9, 2012, in www.betteboomer.com  Veteran’s Day – a Day to Reflect and Honor Those Who Served

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