There are heroes that walk among us unrecognized. The ones who haven’t made their success widely known on social media platforms or on television specials. They pass us in the cereal aisle at the grocery store in jeans and drop their children off at school without fanfare or celebration.
They’re grandparents and great-grandparents. They’re aunts and uncles, moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and friends too. They coach Little League teams and volunteer their time. They wear business suits and sit quietly beside us on airplanes during work trips.
These are heroes who have freely given their time to serve and protect our country. Today, whether you’re celebrating Veteran’s Day or preparing to honor our veterans on Remembrance Day, let’s not forget to pause and say, “Thank you.”
Thank you to the men and women who served and returned.
Thank you to the men and women who served and gave their lives.
Thank you to the men and women who stayed home and supported families while their loved ones served — and still serve — around the country and abroad.
Thank you to my step-father, my grandfathers, my great-grandfathers, and my ancestors who protected our country as far back as the Civil War. I recognize today that I couldn’t do what I do, raise my family the way that I do, or enjoy the freedoms I have without your courage and service. My legacy is built upon the profound service of men and women who fought for our country. My ability to read these words freely, to share the Gospel online, to travel and speak and teach and lead and dream big dreams for my daughter — it’s all part of the legacy we share because of the brave service of our veterans.
Your stories matter, and your service is remembered today.
This year, as we sit around dinner tables and give thanks for the blessings in our lives, maybe we seek out those stories from the generations that join us at the table. As we prepare our hearts for a season of thanks-giving and gift-giving, may God give us eyes to see the gifts who gather in the small, quiet, everyday places of our lives so we can say, “Thank you.”