Since 1775, nearly 45 million Americans have served in the military. Some of them joined out of a sense of patriotism and a desire to serve, others because they wanted to learn new skills or earn education benefits. Some joined because of the opportunities military service provided that were not available in their hometown, while others were drafted (forced to join the military) in times of war.
A common saying is that a veteran is someone who wrote a blank check to our country, up to and including their lives. Every one of them risked their lives, and many of them paid the highest price, losing their lives for our freedom. Know the difference between patriotic holidays.
Memorial Day is set aside to honor those that gave their lives in service to our nation. Armed Forces Day is to honor those currently serving.
Independence Day is to celebrate the gift of freedom. Veterans Day is the day to honor those among us who served.
Freedom may be the greatest gift of all. With freedom comes responsibility. Free speech does not allow you to scream “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater, because of the harm it would cause. Use your freedom responsibly.
Be an educated voter.
Be involved in your community.
Look at your circle of influence, that area around you where you can make a difference. It might be in your family, in your school, in your workplace or in your neighborhood. So how do you honor those who served? Honor them by exercising your freedom responsibly. When you see a veteran, tell them, “Thank you for my freedom!” Many veterans are uncomfortable being thanked for their service but they light up when they hear thank you for my freedom. Try it out!
Here in the 76262 zip code, the informal Metroport Veterans Association meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. the 2nd Saturday of every month at Meat U Anywhere BBQ in Trophy Club. Are you a veteran? Come! Know a veteran? Invite them! Want to meet veterans? Come! Luke 12:48 says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” What does the gift of freedom require of you?