Veterans Day is a day when we can thank our veterans for giving us the freedoms we have today. To me, every day is Veterans Day. We should thank our veterans for their service to our country. Freedom is not free. Many have given their lives for the freedom that we have. We should be dedicated to helping our veterans and their families.

I come from a very strong military family. My father was in World War I. My brother was in World War II. My husband served 28 years and was in the Korean War. My son-in-law was in the military for more than 27 years and served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq and Afghanistan. My three grandsons served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I went to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 and talked with members of our post and the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Here are some of their thoughts about what Veterans Day means to them.

“Veterans Day is a very special time. It’s not just a day off from work. It is a time for us to stand tall and be proud of our men and women who stand between us and harm. A time to thank them, honor them, and show our appreciation for all they have given up for us. We also remember those that are not with us anymore and show their families that we care.”

“Veterans Day is a very special day—a day to honor all past and present members of the Armed Forces. It is also a time to get your families out to participate in the activities that your community has scheduled.”

“Veterans Day means a day to honor those who served in our military to keep America free so we can enjoy life as we know it today. We need to have more veterans go to our schools to talk about life in the service for this great country of ours. God bless our veterans and their families and God bless America.”

Some of these members have been serving the veterans and the community for more than 30 years.

Thank a veteran, past and present, who has and is now serving our country.

The VFW state president’s theme this year is “Serving veterans with love, loyalty, and friendship.” If we all do this every day, we are truly honoring our veterans with the respect they have not only earned but deserve. So, have a good Veterans Day on Monday and make sure you thank a vet.

Juanita Workman is a member of the Copperas Cove VFW Post 8577 Ladies Auxiliary and a VFW Ladies Auxiliary past state president.

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