Veteran’s Day — Recognizing our Heroes

Despite being bombarded by advertisements, promotions and “too big to miss sales events,” today is November 11, 2014 and it is Veteran’s Day once again. This day is one of the few times out of a busy year the general public acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions our service members have made (or in the retail industry, a new sales flyer and some flashy graphics).

Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance.  Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)
Patriot Guard Rider Daniel Cisneros holds a flag as the casket of Capt. Ryan P. Hall arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance in Colorado Springs, CO on March 9th, 2012. Members of The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the body of Capt. Hall from Peterson Air Force Base to the Shrine of Remembrance. Capt. Hall died Feb. 18th, 2012 when his U-28A was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa. (US Air Force Photo/Liz Copan)

I am privileged to work with these remarkable men and women every day, and I can tell you it is truly an honor to have them enrich the tapestry of our legacy with their service.

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Never to be ridden by its owner again, the motorcycle belonging to Capt David I. Lyon is parked for the funeral of the 2008 Air Force Academy graduate who was killed in Afghanistan on December 27, 2013. Lyon was buried in the USAFA cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. January 8, 2014. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan 

We ask so much from them, much more than most of us are willing to give of ourselves. As Americans, we have been conditioned to presume our liberties and freedom will always be there. Even I often take it for granted that there will be someone else to fight for it.

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Funeral service for LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo.

So please, the next time you see a veteran (yes, even the less glamorized former heroes, dejected, crusty, and seemingly defeated begging for change outside of your local WalMart) remember that their service and story matters.

Their sacrifices matter.

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Members of the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders await the casket of LtCol Morris “Moose” M Fontenot Jr on Oct 3, 2014 at the Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fontenot died Aug. 27 when his F-15 crashed near the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia. A 1996 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he had most recently served as commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron based in Kadena Air Force Base in Japan. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations. Following active-duty assignments in Washington, D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments in the Middle East, Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February. He had more than 2,300 flying hours, including 240 combat hours. His decorations included a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal, an Aerial Achievement Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and Combat Readiness Medal. (Air Force photo/Liz Copan)
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