Rear Adm. Sohl urges us to go out of our way to thank veterans

Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day — a day to honor the service and sacrifices of all U.S. military veterans.

History buffs know that Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I and the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany that took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Today, Nov. 11 is a day to honor American veterans of all wars. The freedoms that we enjoy – the freedom to live where we want, the freedom to wear what we want, the freedom to worship as we want – have been faithfully protected by veterans for more than 200 years. I encourage you to go out of your way to thank a veteran – not just on Sunday, but every day.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, currently there are more than 22 million veterans who have served in the United States armed forces. In our community, there are daily opportunities to show appreciation to those who served and continue to serve honorably in the military. Please take every opportunity – at the local grocery store, at the neighborhood park, at the airport — to show your appreciation.

Speaking from personal experience, even the smallest gesture of acknowledgement and kindness really does make a difference. Never allow a chance go by to let a veteran know that you are aware of and thankful for the service and sacrifices he or she has made to defend our nation.

This weekend there will be many patriotic events paying tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families. I urge you to support those events. And please be safe and watch out for family and friends during the long weekend.

Very respectfully,

RDML Paul Sohl

Commander

NAWCWD

Story First Published: 2012-11-07