It can be easy for many of us to go days or even weeks without giving our military much thought. We are probably all guilty of this at some time or another, unless we have a loved one fighting overseas. Otherwise, life for the most part goes on comfortably from day to day, following military action in the newspaper or on the evening news. But it is precisely because of our nation’s military action—past and present—that allows us to live in such comfort.
Veterans Day is just a few days away, which is a time when we should take time and reflect on all that makes this country great. At the same time, we must recognize the sacrifices that the brave men and women in uniform—living and deceased—have made for their fellow citizens.
Dating back to our nation’s infancy, the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of national defense. In order for the public to live in freedom, to pursue their individual interests and maintain their own wellbeing, they must first feel safe. They stated this belief specifically in the United States Constitution—“Provide for the common defense.” George Washington also voiced a this message in his first annual address to Congress: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
America’s military has been fighting to uphold the Constitution ever since. They are the men and women among us who put their lives on the line in the ongoing effort to protect the greatest nation on earth. We all owe them a debt of gratitude, not only on Veterans Day, but every day.
I encourage everyone to take part in something that honors our troops, whether that is attending a Veterans Day ceremony, visiting a cemetery full of fallen soldiers or saying a prayer for all those who have ever adorned the uniform. But what might make the biggest impact is simply saying thank you to a veteran for serving our country.