It is a day of gratitude.
It is a day when we take a pause in our busy lives and spend time thinking of the men and women who volunteered to defend our nation, our values, and our way of life.
Today, you will see Service members on camera.
Today, you will hear organizations give their support for our military men and women.
Today, we will sound taps and lay wreaths for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
These are all important, but what do you have planned for tomorrow?
Tomorrow, a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine will bid farewell to his or her family. They will don their uniform and the symbol of this nation – for the last time. For members of our military and our Veterans and families who have served, they bear the burden of reflecting on their sacrifice on Veteran’s Day, and every day after. For too many of our heroes, this burden proves to be overwhelming.
So today, Veterans Day, commit to do something tomorrow (and the next day, and the next) for our Service members.
Call a Veteran and ask them how they are doing, send a care package, check in on the family of a deployed Soldier, send your prayers, and encourage those Veterans alone or in crisis to reach out for help.
We are here. Tomorrow, do something to stand together with heroes, because they have already committed to stand for each of us.