November 11, Veterans. Day. Conversation about real American heroes is in short supply today, so let’s take a moment to discuss the importance of the Veteran.
Why is Veterans Day important? Your first reaction might be, “Who would ask such a thing? Of course, the Veteran is important!” But why should you care? These eternally vigilant men and women are courageous living heroes.
Pay Attention to a Veteran’s Past
For one thing, Veterans are considered heroes by Americans who appreciate fellow citizens with strength and courage that seems to come from beyond themselves. Veterans Day seems to bring stories and adventures of Marvel-like superheroes to life, that is, if you can get the humble Veteran to open up and talk about them. Veterans possess humility uncharacteristically in society, where getting the most attention on social media is the most admired attribute. A veteran’s humility goes contrary to that standard.
Moreover, Veterans faithfully served our country, expecting nothing in return. The Veteran is important because they play down their success and hold memories close to their hearts. They remember, first and foremost, never leave a fellow warrior behind. (This act of selflessness is so amazing to me). And they did all they could to keep that oath. This is otherworldly, as we witness the way of countries that leave fellow soldiers behind.
Examples of Heroic Service Energize Americans
Given these points, the Veteran is important because we need examples of selfless service to propel us to higher goals. These incredible human beings have inspiring stories to share in an era where real heroes are seldom acknowledged. They can help us put the trivial into perspective.
If you have a favorite veteran’s adventure, please comment on who they are and what their service means to you. They are alive and still have a story to tell. We can benefit from more stories of American bravery, loyalty, and courage in today’s world.
A heartfelt thank-you to all our veterans! We appreciate your service to our country!
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