It’s easy to take for granted the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. Veteran’s Day is an excellent time to reflect and honor all who served to protect those freedoms.

Unfortunately, some in Generations X, Y, Z and @ see people in their 70s and older as irrelevant. War isn’t politically correct or cool and most have little or no interest in understanding or appreciating the sacrifices men and women warriors made and continue to make to keep our freedoms intact.

That old adage that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it should be reason enough that Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation be required reading in every history class in every school in America. A just released memoir Code Talker is another. Some of us have a family member who fought in WWII – read one of our partner’s uncle’s story. This “greatest generation” is slowly slipping away and not many of them remain. Their characters were informed by the Great Depression. With a strong moral compass, they went to war with a common purpose – duty and to protect our liberty. They saved the world for us who came after – the baby boomer generation and all our “nexters.”

There have been more wars before and since, but thankfully there are still those who believe in service to their country. Of the many war memorials in Washington, D.C., the most familiar is the Vietnam Memorial. On November 4th, the Fallen Soldier Memorial was unveiled at the University of Montana that honors the Montana servicemen who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. From conception to culmination of an idea read more about this fascinating story. Spearheaded by Grateful Nation, this initiative should be expanded to all states.

Whether you’re patriot or a pacifist who serves in other ways, we will always need those who believe in protecting our freedoms. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone on the globe. The end of all wars. Hope IS a lovely thing. On this Veteran’s Day, take a few minutes out of your busy life and think about those who fought for and continue to fight for these ideals.

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