This Saturday, people will gather to honor those who have served our country. We’ll celebrate with parades, free meals for veterans and solemn events in remembrance of loved ones and those we didn’t even know.
Being a member of the military is a family affair. The service member makes sacrifices, but so do his or her family members. The family likely moves multiple times. Childcare falls to one parent or sometimes grandparents. Children change schools; spouses give up jobs. To them, it’s just a way of life. The rest of us may not think about the sacrifices these families make on a day-to-day basis, but we should.
Although we have only one designated day to honor veterans, we can’t forget they had our backs 24/7/365. Our military heroes have made many sacrifices so that we can live in freedom − freedom to choose the life we want, worship as we want, enjoy freedom of speech and all the other rights afforded to us under our constitution.
Our veterans served because they love their country. They certainly didn’t do it for fame and fortune. They selflessly performed their duties to allow the rest of us to enjoy the security and liberty of living in America.
We are fortunate to have a number of veterans on our campuses, and our doors are always open for more of them to join us. They are a terrific addition to our colleges, and we are proud to have them!
Saturday, as you take part in Veterans Day activities, don’t forget to thank a veteran. You probably have several in your family, your church and your workplace. It is impossible to ever thank them enough for all they’ve done, but we can try.