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Today is Veterans Day and I think Wikipedia states it nicely.  It is so much more than a day off from work or a big sale weekend.

Veterans Day is largely intended to thank veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty (copied from Wikipedia)

Take a minute and find a veteran and thank them for their contribution.  This includes those that served following high school and then continued with their education or careers.  You might not think that counts, but it really does.  Whether he/she saw conflict or not, they gave four or more years of their lives. 

This might help put it in perspective.  This is not to suggest you volunteer, but something that puts the value of time served in perspective.  When you are scheduling your vacation for next year, take 5 days and use them to volunteer at a Veterans' Hospital.  That might sound like a lot to ask.  If you think about the 4 year commitment not being much, multiply that out.  A four year commitment is 365 * 4 days = 1460 days.  That's 292 times greater than your contribution of one week of your vacation.  So do four years served right out of high school deserve your thank?  You bet they do.

Keep it simple, just do it.  A simple email or quick phone call works. 

So, if you are a veteran and reading this post: THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

Posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:21 PM | Back to top


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You're welcome... and thanks to you too.
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 12, 2007 6:25 PM

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