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In Memoriam

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I love that our nation takes the time to honor and celebrate those who risk, and have given, their lives in dedication to our country on Veterans, Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day. The sacrifices that these men and women make for future generations is one of the greatest gifts that could ever be given to the people of this nation. I feel like I always say the same thing when I make a post dedicated to our troops but there really is not enough ‘thanks’ in the world that can effectively articulate how incredibly grateful I am and how proud I am to be an American.

I’ve been asking myself a lot of those big questions lately (in terms of what I believe): Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? The one thing I keep coming back to is that maybe the answers to those questions don’t matter as much as this: We are here. We are here with one another. We are here with one another and we should make the most of of that. We should strive to be better than our forefathers, to give hope to the children of the world, and to provide the kind of example that will make a lasting and positive impact on those who will come after us. The men and women of our armed forces, law enforcement, and emergency services do just that. More so than any professional athlete, musician, or actress: the men and women who dedicate their careers and their lives in service to their people are truly an inspiration. They are who I want my child (and subsequent future children, maybe someday) to look up to and admire.

To those who give their time and all of their efforts: Thank you.

To the families of our dearly departed: Thank you. 

As we move forward into the hustle and bustle of summer, I hope we can all take a little bit of time to express our gratitude for the freedoms we have, and the people who work to get them for us. Happy Memorial Day.

Culture, Current Events, Society

A Letter To Our Veterans

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

Dear Veterans,

All too often, as Americans, we forget how incredibly lucky we are to have been born in this great nation. We spend our time idolizing musicians, actors, and athletes who are paid far more than they deserve to entertain us while you work tirelessly to defend us.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be on the front lines of war not knowing if you’ll be able to come back to your loved ones. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to come home to a country of people who don’t, who can’t, understand what you’ve been through. You, the men and women of our armed forces, are amazing. You give back to your homeland the gift of freedom, of independence, and a feeling of security.

As the daughter of a retired Air Force Intelligence Veteran, I have some idea of what families go through when their loved ones are away. To the wives, the husbands, the children, and the parents of our armed forces: thank you. We know it isn’t easy to be away from the men and women you love while they fight for our nation but you do it without complaint. To my dad: thank you. You gave a large part of your career to serving our country and it took you to places across the United States, Europe, and Asia. There were times when you were deployed that it was hard to be away from you but I always knew that you were doing what was right for the United States and I’m so proud to be your daughter. To my uncle, who graduated from the Air Force Academy and recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel: you are incredible. You’ve flown some of our nation’s leaders to various parts of the world knowing it might be dangerous. You’ve spent time overseas in less than ideal conditions to help make our country a better, safer place to live. To my friends who have served this country: you are heroes. To those currently fighting for our freedoms: know that you are loved. Be safe and come home soon. You all are appreciated.

You, our veterans, give us hope. You set an example of love for your country, of strength, and of courage like nobody else can. You are role models, you are heroes, you are amazing, you are soldiers. And you are loved.

Happy Veterans Day,

-H