Veterans Day is important to me because the day is about the people of this nation—me included—taking time to think about what the men and women of the military did. From routine service to the ultimate sacrifice, they made this the greatest country on earth. Sometimes we get caught up in our schedules, the latest headline-grabbing story, or even the rancor of latest divisive issue. We forget, or only allow a fleeting thought in our mind, that the people who served in the military made possible a country where we have the luxury of our collective and individual liberties. Veterans Day is about the outward celebration of those who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, secure, and united as a country.
The time I spend on the Honor Bell is my opportunity to recognize and honor those who came before me in the military. My service— just as with the freedom of the nation— would not have been possible without their service in the military. I owe a considerable debt to those men and women, and my participation in Bell Honors is a small token of my admiration and thanks for their devotion.