Remember to Thank a Veteran on Nov. 11

On the USS Carl Vinson hanger deck, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean

Remember to Thank a Veteran on Nov. 11

I have never served in the military. But Nov. 11 is still a very special day to me. In the U.S. it is called Veteran’s Day, in the U.K. and other places it is known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day.

As a father of four, a husband, an adopted American, the grandson of two WWII veterans in the British Armed Services—one decorated with the Burma Star—and as someone who grew up surrounded by the men and women of the British military, I try to go out of my way to thank anyone I discover has served or is serving. In my opinion, anyone who volunteers to put their life on the line for my freedoms deserves any honor I can bestow on them.

And I would encourage you to do the same.

Every time I meet a veteran, or an active duty service member, it makes me pause. And I go out of my way to thank them for their service. I would encourage you to do the same.

And I would encourage you to also remember those who you will never be able to thank. Those who gave their all, and fell on the battlefield, fighting for you, your freedoms, your safety, your future. It is humbling to sit and consider that someone would be willing to do that for you.

I’ve been told many times, the simple act of thanking a veteran is an incredible thing to them. So this Nov. 11, please go out of your way to thank every veteran you know, from whatever country you live in, for their service to their country and to you.

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