November is the month to give thanks. A good place to start is by expressing gratitude to the 25 million living veterans.
Veterans Day celebrates the veterans who have defended our country, but it is also a day of sadness because so many have lost their lives in that defense.
America is the country of freedom. We must be proud of those who gave their lives for freedom and grateful to those who served and are still living.
To quote the Rev. Denis Edward O’Brien, U.S. Marine Corps:
“It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”