Today is a special day set aside honor the brave and awesome men and women who risk their lives to protect us. When I was little, I used to wonder why my mom always said, “thank you for your service,” whenever she met a military person. At that time, I didn’t know what service they did for her or why she was so thankful. One day, she explained to me that the men and women of the armed forces often leave their families to protect our family, and sometimes they don’t come back. Now, that is being amazingly awesome.
Veterans Day started in 1938. At first, it was called Armistice Day to honor the soldiers who served in World War I. November 11th was picked because the war ended exactly at 11 am on November 11, 1918. Following World War II and the Korean War, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to include all soldiers. It would be great to have no wars at all, but until that happens, it is awesome to know that people who don’t even know me care enough to keep me safe.
As you go about your busy day today, be sure to thank a veteran. People who served in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Coast Guard are all veterans. I am very proud and thankful for the veterans in my family, including my cousin, Maurice Jackson, my uncle, Terry Daniel, his mom, Donzetta Smith, and my two honorary aunties, Genesis Walters and Carla Roberson. I hope I didn’t forget anyone, but hey, I’m 10!
Let me first to say to all veterans, thank you for your service. To the kids and family members of our veterans, thank you too. Happy Veterans Day. Shout out the veterans in your family!