What does Veterans Day mean to me? Do you ever wonder why we are so safe or how we know that everything is going to be ok? We don’t, but we do trust. We trust our military and remember our veterans. Veterans may be normal people, but they are also heroes.
However, not all veterans have gone to war. My father was lucky. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division and jumped out of airplanes. He was on a mission called Operation Restore Democracy. He was sent to Haiti but was turned around mid-flight before he had an opportunity to jump. Former President Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell convinced the military commander in Haiti to allow the elected officials to return to power. This act probably saved the lives of all of the men and women who were about to risk their lives for our country.
On the other hand, my great-grandfather fought in World War II. He was in combat in the Navy sailing on the ship The U.S.S. South Dakota. His ship was bombed by Japanese fighter pilots. Fortunately, he was unharmed. He and his fellow servicemen fought courageously for their country. We have veterans like him to thank for the freedom we have today.
I want to leave you with this thought: thank you, all veterans, for your service to God, our country and keeping the United States safe.