Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. A day we set aside to honor the men, women and their families that have protected our freedom since the idea of this country was being fought for by our forefathers.
But today is also a shopping day for many. It made me sad as I was walking around in a retail store, two weeks before Thanksgiving, and finding the Christmas sales full court press was already on. There was part of one aisle for people who still celebrate Thanksgiving to find decorations or other related items, but the whole store was filled with “holiday cheer.” It was very depressing.
It seems as if the retailers and corporations want to pass by Halloween, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving as quickly as possible to add to the bottom line.
But today isn’t about shopping, this is a day to honor those that have served this country. Not a speed bump on the way to black Friday. I have posted free and low cost deals for veterans and tried to promote those companies that do get it. To the others, it seems as if everything is for sale, including freedom. As has been oft quoted: “Freedom isn’t free.” There is no price tag that can be placed on the service given or being performed right this moment.
So please, please, please, take the time to stop and think about those heroes. Their sacrifices, the problems that they have overcome, the problems that many are still coming to terms with. Remember those who never returned. Today isn’t about politics or sales, but a time to say thanks to many, many people that made this and other countries possible.
I will be spending the morning at a veterans day celebration here in Pasadena that was made possible by two of the members of the Armed Services committee that I am a part of in front of city hall. Although the ceremony will be brief, it will be about the men and women that serve. As it should be.
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I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine. As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +