“Honor to the soldier, and the Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
Most of can think of someone – a family member, friend, classmate, acquaintance or community member – who is currently serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Services.
There are thousands of them. Some serving in the Marines (which, coincidentally, celebrated its 236th birthday yesterday), some in the Army. Others chose to dedicate their time in the armed services to the Navy, Air Force or even the Coast Guard.
Yet, despite the fact there are five branches of the armed services with thousands of young men and women serving our nation – and with thousands of veterans in each of those branches – many of us take for granted the freedoms we have.
What’s more, we take for granted the sacrifices our servicemen and women make as they serve their country, just like COUNTRY Financial employee, Kelly Kilhoffer. We tend to forget that these brave men and women chose to put their lives on hold to serve their county, not knowing whether they would have the opportunity to return to their wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters for upcoming holidays and birthdays.
Worse yet, many of us take for granted many of these brave men and women lost their lives to make all of the freedoms we enjoy today possible.
In the end, we are proud to be Americans today because of their current and past service.
So, on this Veterans Day, make sure you take time to thank those that made your way of life possible. Thank the veterans that didn’t receive a homecoming parade, but served their country selflessly anyway. And, thank the soldiers that are currently serving overseas, striving to protect our freedoms and make our country as safe as possible.