I’m thrilled to be able to share with you something that is near and dear to my heart. As you can tell from my blog name, we are a military family. Veterans Day is a day every year that we are actively involved in. My husband, the Major, loves to go to our boys’ schools to teach their friends about why America celebrates Veterans Day. We think it’s important that those who maybe are not exposed to the military are shown a positive example and explanation on why our military men and women make this country so great.
So today I’m sharing with you the speech my husband likes to use. This is perfect if you have little kids who are unsure what being a veteran means exactly.
Who Is A Veteran?
Thank you for inviting me to teach you about Veterans Day.
As you have heard, I am a Veteran with 22 years of service in the Army. Many of you know other Veterans. Some of you have family members who are Veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or maybe in the Merchant Marines. Once you have served, you are a Veteran for life.
Our 4 boys have many Veterans in their family.
Their Great Grandmother Cathy was one of the first women to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II. She is a Veteran. Her husband, Great Grandpa Bob served in the Air Force in WW2 and trained pigeons to send messages to the troops. He is a veteran.
Their Grandfather on his mother’s side lives in Illinois. Grandpa Chuck served as an infantry soldier during the Vietnam War. He rode on river boats and fought in the jungles. He is a Veteran.
Their other grandfather, Joe (my father) served in the Air Force for 20 years. He traveled to many places including Thailand, Japan, Okinawa and Vietnam. He was a navigator on AC-130 Gunships, rescuing many Army soldiers during the Vietnam war earning 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 11 Air Medals for flying on many dangerous missions. On some of his missions, his airplane was so badly damaged by enemy fire that they did not know if they would be able to return safely to their base. He lives in Oregon. He is a Veteran.
This little guy is just dressed up as a Marine for Halloween. He’s not a veteran, but he may be one someday! Are there future Veterans among you? Who among you will wear the uniform of your country? Fewer than 1% of the US serve in the military, yet without them we would surely lose our freedoms and way of life.
One person who will serve this country is our boys’ cousin Adam.
Second Lieutenant Adam is from Colorado, he recently graduated college and participated in ROTC. He was commissioned last month as a Second Lieutenant and is awaiting his first assignment.
These are just a few examples of veterans. Our country has many, and they deserve to be recognized on this national holiday.
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag. - Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC
I hope this helps explain who a veteran is. Now that you know what being a veteran means, it is important to know that it is okay to thank a veteran for his or her service any day of the year, not just on Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor those who served and many companies take this time to offer something special specifically for veterans. This year, Great Clips is continuing to offer a wonderful promotion for veterans. Active or retired military members get free haircuts or a free haircut card on November 11th, and any customer who gets a haircut at Great Clips on November 11th receives a free haircut card to give to a veteran!
Only veterans and active members of the military are eligible to redeem the free haircut card. Family members of said military members do not qualify. This is the third year Great Clips is running this promotion, and Great Clips is the only major salon brand that offers customers a way to thank the veterans in their lives!
Thank the veterans in your life and visit your local Great Clips on November 11th to redeem a free haircut card to share with a veteran of choice!