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Thank goodness we have today, Veterans Day, to remind us of the sacrifice given by so many millions of men and women over the past 233 years (really more, when you think about it).  The day today is specifically designated for those that are living, but their sacrifice is no less than those who have died in action (factoid: November 11 was designated due it being the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of World War I in 1918) .

Although it should not be constrained to this day, we all know someone, who has served our country as a member of the military.  Find as many of those people as possible and thank them.  You don’t have to overdo it… just a simple thank you is enough.  So many of these folks walk through life having given everything they can, putting their lives on the line and on hold, making a mess of their family, so that you and I can can live in a country where we don’t have to worry about losing our freedoms.  Serving is a sacrifice, and family members of those serving share in that sacrifice.

Most of us live with little of a care in life, our biggest challenge may be to decide what to do with our weekend.  It is a relatively peaceful life for most of us here and a lot of the thanks goes to our veterans (and we can also thank all of our Police agencies and Fire services for the great work they do).

In Des Moines today, the Iowa Chops, the local hockey team, will be having “Veterans Appreciation Day” at tonight’s game against the Rampage.  I heard a rumor that Veterans and Active Military will get discounted tickets, but I can’t find any information to confirm that at the Chops web site.  However, discount or not, this is a great example of how business and individuals can thank our veterans and active military members!

While I’m at it, I want to thank: Ray, Mike, Larry, Sonny, Mark, Mark, Larry, Derek, Andrew, and Ron.  These are just a few of the people that I know, both family and friends, who have or are currently serving us, willing to die for us.  Thank you all, and thank you to everyone who has served!  I am honored to know you, and deeply indebted to you for the rest of my life.  And I will always count you among my very best friends.

So please, go thank a veteran.  Or twenty.  And if you have any local events, go. I’m not exactly a big hockey fan, but I will be at the Chops game tonight.

Update (Art): BitHead posted a great piece as well today.

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