Veteran’s Day

I woke up this morning thankful. I just admit that I was initially just thankful for a day off work to recharge. I do work for the Marine Corps, you know, so of course we get Veteran’s Day off. I laid in bed a little later than usual, checking social media where everyone was sharing pictures of their veterans that they love and are so proud of and it hit me how truly blessed I am.

Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville, North Carolina

It made me start to think of how, yes, I’m lucky for a paid day off of work, but also of infinite other things.

Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Vietnam Memorial in Jacksonville, North Carolina

Recently, for no reason at all, Mitchell and I were able to pick up and drive to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. We were free to go to the Holocaust museum to learn about horrendous things that happened – things we don’t have to worry about here, while in some countries, such museums would be banned.

On the deck of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

We also went to the Newseum where we learned about countries that do versus do not have free speech. Many people haven’t even considered how lucky we are to be able to get on the internet and go to any website our heart desires, or post any opinion, view, or conspiracy theory we want.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

I can vote, drive a car, go to school, and have a career among so many other things – I can support myself and do so many things that women in other countries couldn’t even dream of. If I want to, I can do it alone; or if I’d rather settle down, I can choose my own partner!

Blue Ridge Parkway in the Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

I don’t have to live in fear. So many of us take that for granted.

For these reasons and for so many others, we have our veterans to thank. Because of our veterans, we are a free country.

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

Fort Sumter, South Carolina

So thank you. Thank you to all of those who wrote a blank check to our country; for the endless sacrifice you were willing to make for us. And to the families, who also sacrifice so much. One day is not enough to pay tribute, and I am eternally grateful.

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