Today is Veteran’s day and we enjoyed a beautiful fall day in the Midwest, sunny with crisp but comfortable temperatures. I spent the holiday the same way I do every year by participating in my town’s parade. My girls’ scout troops march along with the boy scouts, high school bands and local veterans. We stand as a united community on the courthouse lawn and listen to various speakers. There is prayer. There is a 21 gun salute with a taps trumpet solo. I love it because it shows respect and reverence and also because it is tradition. I marched in it every year as a kid and now my childen do the same.
To all the veterans: thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifices. We owe all of our liberties and freedom to you. A simple thank you doesn’t seem enough.
To our military spouses and families: thank you for your selflessness. You are more important than you know.