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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Prelude to Veteran's Day 2013

When you hear the word veteran, what is your first impression?

Veteran is an all-encompassing word. 

It is feeling absolute pride, joy, exhilaration and emotional gratification for serving one's country. It means extreme sacrifice for both self and family. It bears pain and anguish during times of separation. It means not knowing sometimes when you will be coming home or even if you will ever make it back home. It brings on happiness and tears at the birth of your child when you are not there to hold him or her for the first time. It recognizes the sufferings of family when shunned by others. It means goosebumps every time the National Anthem is sung or the American flag is flown. It encompasses carrying the scars, mental and physical, sometimes never being able to let go but if asked would you do it over again, the answer would emphatically be YES! It is putting others before yourself never missing a moment to help when needed. It is having a deep love of country and everything she stands for, past, present and future. It is being privileged to maintain the safety and security of America. It is making grave sacrifices and putting your own life on the line if necessary. It is strength, honor and courage even in the direst of times. That is only a part of what it is to be called a veteran!

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As you approach the celebration of Veteran's Day, take time to inquire, research, discuss what it truly means to be a veteran, especially in  terms of those who not only laid the foundation and established the platform for our American freedom but also those who sacrificed to maintain that freedom. Know what this day will truly celebrate and be a knowledgeable part of the celebration.

"A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation; they are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom!
~Sharla Lee Shults, Awakenings from Then 'til Now

Greet every soldier with a smile, a handshake, and a thank you for serving the USA!