Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day

Have you called your favorite Veteran to wish him or her a Happy Veterans Day? Today, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor both fallen and living serviceman and servicewomen in our country. It’s a day to reflect back on the sacrifices made for us to live in a free democracy.

Last night, as part of a school project for Veterans Day, my daughter interviewed veterans in our family. Of course, as usual, I didn’t find out about this assignment until the night before it was due. So hastily after dinner, she made a couple of phone calls to her Grandfathers.

I think both men were a bit taken back when she bypassed the Grandmother’s and asked to speak to them on the phone. It was definitely a treat for all involved. As she spoke with them on the phone, I was impressed with her questions and her thoughtfulness to their answers. Both men served in the Marines. My father spent time in Korea and her other Grandfather was in Japan. Many years have passed since their time in the Military, but I am sure the memories feel like it was just yesterday.

The school project was a great opportunity for my daughter to reach out to her Grandfathers and connect in a special way. In our busy lives, we rush to soccer practice, to basketball practice, work on homework, buy groceries, fix dinner, clean the house and try to fit everything in a 24 hour day. We often forget about those in our lives who made a difference in our world. Take time today to reach out and thank a veteran. Life as we know it could have been quite different had these men and women not felt the call to duty.

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