When I was a child, I remember thinking of my uncle Brian as a hero. The more than 20 years that he dedicated to our country in the Marines brings me to tears. Growing up, I couldn't really fathom or rather understand just how important of a sacrifice he made. Thinking about when I was 18, I know I was not strong enough to make such a huge decision like he did. But when he turned 18, there he was CHOOSING to become a marine. How awe inspiring. Thankfully, he served our country honorably and continues to support our government in ways that are indescribable. I am honored to call him my uncle and my hero.
United States Veterans throughout the country and the world are often not thought about on the other 364 days of the year. I too am at fault for that neglect. There have been plenty of times where I saw someone in uniform coming off of a plane and didn’t take the moment to thank them. There have been times where I was running around completing errands and didn’t take a moment to thank that service man or woman. Shame on me. As I write this, I’m realizing that I need to make a better commitment to honoring those who honor me by standing up for and against threats to our livelihood and those around the world. Just as simple as it is to love someone, its just as simple to say thank you. Just as simple as it may be to buy gifts for my family, it’s just as simple to buy items for a care package to send overseas.
So today on this 93rd anniversary of Armistice day better known as Veterans day, I make a promise to do better and to be more aware of the greatness that men and women in our military have shown. Thank you Uncle Brian, Grandpa and thank to all of my cousins and friends who made one of the ultimate sacrifices for the betterment of our country and our countries partners. Thank You!!