As Veterans Day comes each year, we may all have different views of this special day and what it means. To some of us, this is a Holiday where schools are closed, and we are off work. To others, it is just another day with the daily hustle and bustle. Veterans Day is a Federal Holiday, held on November 11th each year to honor those who serve or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Most importantly, it is one day for us as a country to stand united to pause and reflect on how appreciative and thankful we are for our veterans.
We have team members here at Mayes Ward-Dobbins that have served our great country and many of us have family that has served or is currently serving our country. So, recently I asked a few of my coworkers, “What does Veterans Day mean to you?” Below are some of the responses I received.
“Veterans Day is a day the American people should come together and give thanks to all the men and women who sacrifice not only their lives, but their time and relationships away from their families in order to protect our nation. It is a time to honor those current and past members who are willing to sacrifice everything so our country can maintain its freedom. It’s a time to reflect upon all the past wars and understand why it was necessary for our military to fight them. Mostly, it is a day where we should all give our unconditional appreciation to all the men and women who continue to keep us the greatest nation in the world.”
- Glenn Hurley, Funeral Director
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
- Allen Guertin, Funeral Director
“Veterans Day is a day where I think about all those men and women who put their own lives on hold for the greater good of this country. A level of sacrifice that goes unmatched.”
- Chad Pendley, Funeral Director
“Veterans Day is a time to thank those who served, serve, or lost their lives to protect our country. Through their fearlessness and courage, they keep us safe and for that, I am very grateful.”
- Jeremy Harris, Funeral Director
“Veterans Day reminds us that the freedom we enjoy in the United States was made possible by the sacrifice of those who serve, or have served, in the military. This day gives us an opportunity to express our deepest appreciation to these men and women, and to say “thank you” for your dedicated service to our country.”
- Jerry Turner, Funeral Assistant
“For me, Veterans Day means Freedom! I’m so proud of my grandfather who served during WWll and my dad who served in the Korean Conflict. I appreciate all Veterans; I honor you all!”
- Steve Duncan, Funeral Director
So, as this Veterans Day comes and goes, my hope is that we all slow down to remember the sacrifice our Veterans have made and are continuing to make by serving our country and show them our unwavering gratitude.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy