Say Thank You
Today is November 11, 2016. Veterans Day. After World War I, this day was called "Armistice Day" and celebrated what was known as "the war to end all wars." Soon after World War II, however, November 11th was changed to "Veterans Day" to honor all American veterans in all wars.
I'd venture to say that most of us have relatives who are veterans—of WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and others. Maybe you even have family members who are active military, currently serving our country at home or abroad.
Many people commemorate Veterans Day by having a day off of school or work, but what is meant for a time of remembrance is unfortunately spent shopping or catching up on projects. It's far too easy in our generation to forget to thank these patriots who have given up comfort and safety for our freedom today. And as time goes by, many of these veterans are passing off the scene without knowing how thankful we really are.
PCC students have the unique opportunity to see veterans honored in our community. Pensacola’s Veterans Memorial Park is home to Wall South, an exact half replica of the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC, and memorials honoring other veteran groups. The Naval Aviation Museum is one of the finest, right here in Pensacola. And flying partially in honor of veterans, the Blue Angels homecoming air show is this weekend. Many PCC students will attend to see a great show but will also find themselves impressed with admiration for veterans honored in many ways through exhibits and talk during the show.
We may not be able to show all these heroes just how much we appreciate and respect them for their service. But don't let Veterans Day go by without saying "thank you" to a veteran. If you have a family member who has been in or is in the military, take the time to give them a call. That simple act of remembrance can go so much farther than we think, and it's the least we can do. This Veterans Day, let's be the generation that remembers to honor those who've fought for our country.0