I think about the different people that I know and all the things they do in our community. We have postal workers, dentists, doctors, police officers, farmers, people who raise livestock, teachers, builders, electricians, veterinarians, bus drivers, paramedics, fire fighters, mechanics, and hundreds of other people who do things in our community.
We have special days during the year that we honor different groups of people. You've heard of Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Teacher Appreciation Week (teachers get a whole week!). You may have heard of Secretary's Day and Boss' Day. Did you know there is a Veterinarian's Day?
Today is a special day, too. We celebrate Veterans Day!
Veterans have worked in the military. You may think that all they do is fight for freedom or defend us. They do much more than that! Men and women can serve in the military.
Do you know that a person in the military can do almost anything that a person outside the military can do? The military has veterinarians, surgeons, dentists, doctors, nurses, teachers, electricians, fire fighters, paramedics, cooks, linguists, computer programers, pilots, mechanics, and so many other jobs!
Once they are done serving our country, (you and me!) they are back in our community with a dedication and sense of service that strengthens our community and our country.
Do you know someone who served in the military?
Here are some people that we know that have served. See if you can recognize their names.
|Nathan Hahn (Navy and Army)|
|Tom Harvey (Navy)|
|Mark Talboe (Airforce)|
|Nicole Neil (Navy)|
I know many more people who have served in our Armed Forces but I don't have pictures of them.
I am so grateful for these men and women who have been willing to sacrifice years of their life to protect and serve people in the United States and in other parts of the world. While I am sitting in a warm house writing this post on a computer I know there are many women and men around the world who are serving in places that I would probably run away from! Because of their service I can work in my barn. Because of their service I can write to you!
Some things I have learned from these wonderful people is hard work, dedication, and team work. They are willing to defend anyone, whether those people like them or not. The freedom we enjoy isn't really free. Someone was willing to work for it, and in many cases they are willing to fight for it.
If I have something that is really hard for me to do or learn, I often think about these men and women who have also worked hard, and were dedicated to a goal.
When I have someone who is difficult to work with, I remember how a team of people can accomplish more good than one person alone. Your teachers are a 'team' who work together to teach you!
Today and tomorrow I hope that you look around and find someone who has served in the military.
I hope you say, "Thank you for your service!"
If you want to read another post about Veteran's Day, please check this link.