Honoring Our Veterans
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” — G.K. Chesterton
Today, we have the opportunity to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice. For many of us, the term “veteran” is not abstract; the veterans in our lives are siblings, parents, children, grandparents. But every American has reason to appreciate and honor our military veterans for protecting our nation and our freedoms.
Whether by taking a moment of silence or prayer or visiting a military cemetery, it is important to remember the members of our military who have fought to protect their country and loved ones.
There is a great deal we can do to support our veterans and to serve those who have served. The Heritage Foundation notes:
Americans, however, are up to the challenge of supporting their veterans. According to the Department of Defense, there are more than 400,000 registered websites for organizations established to assist our veterans and service members. The Wounded Warrior Project and Esprit de Corps are just two of many such organizations. Esprit de Corps, led by Heritage’s own James Carafano, is especially interested capturing the stories of veterans to “inspire all of us to give back to those who gave their all.” Indeed, its film Veteran Nation recently won an award at the GI Film Festival.
Our fallen veterans should be honored and remembered, and there are many ways Americans can assist those who have returned home as they reestablish their lives here.