Some interesting facts about Veterans Day:

by Samuel De Lemos

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Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is a time set aside
to honor live veterans, men and women who are currently
serving or have served and are still alive. Memorial Day on the other hand, honors those who have served, but have passed on or those who have gloriously died in battle.

Since Veterans Day is around the corner, we should understand who it honors and why. As a Marine veteran, I’m proud to say, I have willingly sacrificed my time and youth to protect my country. Like my fellow veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we all have sacrificed for a greater common goal, which is to willingly protect the liberties and freedoms we as Americans enjoy.

It’s on this special November day, once a year that we can show our gratitude to the men and women who are serving or have honorably served our country. Some of our finest liberties and freedoms, the things that allow us to be Americans, have been bought with blood and tremendous sacrifice. It’s important to acknowledge these facts and not take them for granted, because no one likes to see their sacrifice and hard work be unacknowledged or worse unappreciated.

Our society is woven by many veterans past and present. From presidents to firemen; veterans comprise and make up much of our workforce. The owner of GoDaddy.com is a former Marine, our past president George W. Bush was a reserve fighter pilot, the list is endless. Many of our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers are wearing or have worn this nations military uniform. Some of us know uncles or aunts, teachers and friends who are currently serving or have served, so take some time to thank them. Imagine where we would be if our freedoms and liberties were infringed upon.

In Iran for example, women are not allowed to read certain books that we can freely read here in the USA. Women are forced to wear veils. Whereas in America; we are not forced to wear anything that infringes on our basic freedoms, religion here is a choice not an obligation. We are blessed to live in America, it is truly the land of the free and home of the brave, not because we deserve it, but because veterans have paid the price and continue to do so.

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