A Federal holiday.
A day of thanks.
Hallmark hasn't hijacked this holiday. It is not a day of feasting and presents. It's a day of celebration. A day to thank some of the most important (if not, the most important) people that walk, eat, and breathe in the same space as us everyday average Americans.
I'm lucky to fall asleep at night next to one of my personal heroes. He doesn't walk around expecting thanks for it everyday. He doesn't gloat about the importance of his job. He just gets up and goes about doing the things I would never have the strength or willpower to do. He is an American veteran.
He is one of many I thank on this day. For doing what I know I couldn't do. For doing what others couldn't imagine doing. For doing what HAS to be done to protect this great country and all those that call America home.
Today and everyday I'm thanking these individuals for the sacrifice they have made or continue to make to protect not only their loved ones but an entire nation.. one that may not always be grateful.