Sunday, November 13, 2011

In Honor of Those in the Military...

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." - G.K. Chesterton

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
-Elmer Davis

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

While Veteran's Day is past, I wanted to again mention the day on this blog. Those serving in the military (or who have served) have a special place in my heart, and I felt they deserved more then a brief mention. I included a few quotes at the beginning of this post that I think are good to remember. Being a member of the armed forces involves quite a bit of sacrifice and courage, and I am so very appreciative that people are willing to do it. I also remember the families and loved ones of those who serve. From the constant worry or concern, to missing their loved ones for holidays, and having the military member miss out on major life events, it's hard to be close to someone in the military. 

Because those in the military give up so much to keep us all safe, I think it's important to give back to them, no matter how big or small it is. 
A few options:
  • If you see a military member at a restaurant or coffee shop, offer to pay for their food as a thank you! 
  • Many organizations send cards & boxes to military members who are overseas during the holidays. Consider supporting & encouraging them through this means. 
  • Support the spouses & children of military members back at home. 
  • Volunteer at a Counseling or Support Agency such as the VA
Of course, these are only a few of the many ways that you can support those who are sacrificing their life to defend your freedom. Consider giving back!

And to those who serve: THANK YOU! I, and so many others, deeply appreciate all that you give and sacrifice. 


  1. This was a wonderful post to read. Veteran's Day should last for many days beyond just the one. It is nice to see it mentioned again.

    Your suggestions of how we can support our military brought tears to my eyes. I really appreciate it. Being a military spouse for fifteen years, I can't begin to tell you how far a simple "thank you" goes to our Armed Force members.

    Thank you for writing this post it means a lot to our family.

  2. You are very right that Veteran's Day should last for many more days a year. Supporting those in the military is the LEAST we can do when people are willing to give their lives for us. Thank you so much for taking a few moments of your time to post such a sweet comment on this post!

  3. Love the quotes and recommendations. Thanks for sharing..