What Veterans Day Really Means

Photo courtesy of an American hero

This past Friday was Veterans day, a holiday to remember those who have served our country in times of war and peace. These men and women are often unsung heroes and protectors of the rights and liberties that we hold dear today. After all, I would not be writing this article without the protected freedom of speech. As a nation, we are indebted to these men and women who are willing to lay down their lives for this country. Without our veterans and current service members, this country would not be the same. Since percentages seem to be the common theme as of lately, currently less than one percent of the American population serves in the uniformed armed services. Quite frankly, most of that one percent “occupies” countries that the other 99 percent would never think of protesting in, let alone traveling to.

What Veterans Day really means is to remember true heroes that often remain humble and out of media spotlights. These men and women are not sports stars, actors or singers. They are just average people that answered the call to duty.

Ask any average guy on the street who Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell or Sgt. Dakota Meyer are and I guarantee you 99 percent of the people you ask won’t have a clue who you are talking about.  If you do not know who these men are, taking some time to look at a brief biography or google search should show you how deep the wounds of sacrifice run in our country for the sake of freedom.

Next time you decide to hold a sign, or occupy a street corner, or protest for wages, just remember these men fought for those rights. Their sacrifices are in vain if we fail to remember them.

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About George K

George is a sophomore Political Science major and Arabic minor at American University in Washington DC. He is a member of American University's Student-Veteran Organization and Semper Fi Society. His hometown is Norwalk, CT.
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