Veterans Day around the corner, give thanks

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Next Mon., Nov. 12, marks an important day for the country.

Every year, we take the time to honor our military service members for Memorial Day (May) and Veterans Day.

This year, Veterans Day, usually held on Nov. 11, will be observed on Nov. 12.

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Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Additionally, Veterans Day is a way to thank active and retired military service members for their services to the United States.

When this annual holiday comes about, I tend to think about my grandfathers. If memory serves, one served during World War II and the other during the Korean War.

I don’t think both talked about their service very much — I know one was very quiet on the issue.

I can’t really imagine what both went through during their time in these great wars that were fought.

It takes a special person to be willing to volunteer for that line of work that ensures our freedom on a daily basis.

For that, I’m thankful.

Here recently, I make it a point — as I’ve said in this space before — to thank a veteran for his or her service whenever I see them. That’s very important to me.

I’d bet a great deal that that one small gesture brings a smile to the veterans’ faces.

Last weekend, Auburn University held its military appreciation day during its game against Texas A&M. I missed the fly over, but caught a glimpse of it as I was shuttling in near the stadium.

During the game, I caught myself catching glimpses of the military that was present.

I noticed a Marine dressed in his formal uniform, and I thought — I think the Marine dress uniform is the best. But hey, I may be wrong.

Thank you veterans for your efforts over the years in making our country safe and secure.