Last night after a fun night of playing pick up basketball with some friends, I sat on my couch relaxing, watching TV. As I flipped through the channels I came across live video of the passionate protestors taking to the streets in different cities throughout this country. As I sat there watching the chaos erupt, I came to an eye opening realization. Sitting there, analyzing all of what I was witnessing, I realized that regardless of whether or not I agreed with what was going on, there was a very much bigger picture at play. . . and that bigger picture was the fact that we live in a country where the freedom of speech and the freedom to protest are the rights of every American citizen.

Today as I took a walk in the park, did some work on my writing, and went shopping for groceries, I came to some more realizations. While walking in the park, I realized how blessed I was to not have to worry about a bomb being dropped or a grenade being launched somewhere on the park grounds . . . while I worked on my writing I realized how blessed I was to be able to have an opportunity to pursue my dream of making a living through doing something I love. . . while shopping at the grocery store I realized how blessed I am to have food so readily available to me, and that I have the right to choose whatever I want to eat, whenever I want to eat it. Now these may just be everyday things that I, as well as most Americans take for granted – but today, on November 11th, we set aside the time to honor, and think about the amazing Veterans who have sacrificed so much so that we could have the right to protest, pursue dreams, enjoy leisure activities, and purchase what we want, when we want, where we want. . . to have our own free will to live where we want to live, say what we want to say, and do what we want to do. . .  so we could live in a safe environment, and not have to worry about being invaded by our enemies who constantly wish to do us harm.

On this day we owe a serious debt of gratitude to these incredible heroes who risked their lives for us all, knowing that they were fighting for something that was greater than any one individual. So I ask that on this very special Veterans day, we all take the time to think about these things, and take the time to thank our brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could live with such wonderful freedom. However, even though we take this day out of every year to celebrate our veterans, I believe it’s extremely important that we take the time to honor them EVERYDAY, in our hearts, our minds, and our prayers, because without them, America wouldn’t be America, and the freedoms we take for granted, might not even exist. Our freedom didn’t come free, it came at a very heavy price – a price that our brave heroes willingly paid for us all. So from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of our Veterans and wish them a wonderful day today. You’re courage is commended, your sacrifice is revered,  and your spirit is admired. Forever we’ll be grateful – God Bless you all.

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