Today is Veteran's Day. How many of us regard it only as a shopping day featuring sales and not-to-be-believed deals? Newspapers and the internet abound with such ads.
Veteran's Day is so much more. It was created to help us to remember and honor those who have served in America's armed forces.
I've written before about my feelings for those who protect and defend our nation. We cannot honor or revere them enough. When I hear stories of veterans who are homeless or disabled, my heart weeps. It weeps again when I hear stories of the disrespect that some people show our veterans.
Please forgive me as I quote George Orwell (again): "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. " To this, I would add, "and rough women" for we cannot and should not forget the women who serve our country as well.
So, for today, I am grateful for those men and women who stand ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.