Whether a military hero is a soldier, a sailor, a pilot, or a navy seal, those warriors are sure to capture a readers heart. I know they capture mine. Why? Because they risk it all for the greater good and what is sexier than that?
I've written on my own blog about how I love the
warrior archetype when I write heroes and it still goes. Warriors give
up their freedom, their families and even their lives to serve their
country. They face hardship, terror, danger and injury every day of
their lives and they do it for honor. To stand in the way of a foe who
seeks to damage everything that they hold dear. It's a noble profession
and those that serve aren't given their due often enough by the rest of us. They
serve so we don't have to. They give so that we are safe. They're poorly
paid and they and their families sacrifice a great deal.
To quote Wikipedia, "Veterans Day
is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans.
It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides
with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
(Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour
of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice.)
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day;
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans,
while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while while serving."
Day is about the sacrifice, not the loss. The risk, but not the grief.
It's about giving thanks to those face tough odds everyday but persevere
in the face of those odds.
So today, especially, I
want to say thank you to those who serve. Whether they served long ago
or are currently serving. Whether they are at home or on deployment.
Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your service.