Today though is Veterans Day. So in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle make sure to stop and take some time to recognize the men and women, past and present, who have served in the armed services. These people have given their time, and some their lives, to insure we have the right to vote and the right to speak in opposition to it.
I never served and I regret it now. I considered it when I was of age, I even went and talked to a recruiter, but I did not follow through. My brothers both have served in the Army and one has done a tour in Afghanistan and now is in the Honduras, the other is currently in Iraq for another 2 weeks in which time he will return home.
I think the most fitting tribute I can give to the men and women of the armed services, other than a heartfelt thank you, is the words of Mike Huckabee. This is from his speech at the Republican National Convention and he was telling the story of a teacher's tribute to veterans. This excerpt caused grown men to cry at the convention and sent a chill down my spine. I have used this video before but it is well worth using again.
Watch and remember those who have served.
One final note. Let's also pause to remember those from our allies who have fought and died beside American troops. Today is Remembrance Day in Australia and Canada and Armistice day in France. For a good article on Armistice Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in WWI and the origin of Veterans Day, read this article.