Veterans Day Every Day

veteransThis week, we celebrated Veterans Day. That one day a year we set aside for the people who have served our country—in wartime and peacetime.

Why just one day?

These are people who took an oath, promising to defend us, regardless to the personal sacrifice they might face. They’ve protected us, secured our rights and freedoms, and fought to make the world a better place.

Medals or not, all veterans are heroes. We owe them far more than a “thanks” and one day in November. (click to tweet)

This year, on Veterans Day, my parents celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. My dad is a veteran, and I can’t imagine how my mother felt, waiting for him to come home. Wondering if he would. Thank God, he did, and fifty-three years later, they have three children and six grandchildren to show for it. That is their world. The world my father signed up to protect.

happy coupleAlso this year, on Veterans Day, my niece—a veteran—got married. Her husband is still actively serving our country. They’re beginning their lives together in a world they both promised to defend.

My family is able to celebrate these wonderful occasions because our military has assured us we are safe to. They’ve guaranteed our lifestyles and ensured our liberties.

I don’t wait for Veterans Day to thank our military. When I see someone in a military uniform, I say thank you. When I talk to veterans, I give them my gratitude.

Shouldn’t we all do the same, every day?

For Writers:
We all need a hero in our stories. We create strong men and women to advance our plots, maybe even save our worlds. How many of us have considered making our heroes veterans? Even if our stories aren’t about waging wars in third world countries or protecting our borders, a veteran is a special-sort-of-someone whose background will shape his or her actions and yield a unique perspective to any situation. Don’t forget our military when writing a character bio.

For Everyone:
It was Veterans Day this week. Did you thank a vet? Will you tomorrow? Next week? In a few months? Let’s always remember to show our support of the people who protect us. You don’t have to agree with the politics behind our military operations to be appreciative of those who serve our nation. (click to tweet)

Veterans, I humbly thank you.

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3 Comments

  1. Once again my friend, we’re on the same wave length. We should always thank and honor these men and women who served (and are serving) our country. Where would our country be without their selfless dedication? Your niece is beautiful (and she looks a lot like you!)

    • Staci Troilo

      November 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      It’s like we share a brain!

      Everyone in my family says my niece is a carbon copy of me with respect to actions. She’s also a fiction writer. We like the same shows and movies. We enjoy the same games. I’ve never heard anyone say she looks like me though. I favor my mom’s side of the family (dark hair and eyes) and my sister favors my dad’s (light hair and eyes). My niece seems like a mix between my sister and her husband to me. (For the record, her hair is colored way darker than I’ve ever seen it. It’s naturally a dirty blonde/light brown. I think she was going for dramatic.) But different people see different things, so maybe there is some of me in her.

      • I don’t think I look like her either, but sometimes when people answer the phone without caller ID they call me Staci! My hair, unfortunately, was supposed to be lighter, but they dyed it wayyyyyy too dark.

        Thank you for mentioning me in your blog, that was a beautiful tribute! I’m blessed to have all that I do, that’s one of several reasons we chose Veterans Day as our wedding day.

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