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When you go to sleep at night, do you lay awake thinking of the thousands who died for you to be safe in your bed?

When you wake up in the morning for another day of what seems like many, how often do you worry it will be your last?

If you could see the death toll of how many people that died and served for you, how grateful would you be?

There are people serving you, and it is not always in the form of serving you a meal or a drink. The bravest service of all is being willing to die for your country, for millions of people, even those do not support them or take them for granted, which is beyond servitude. That flag, that American flag, does not stand on a flagpole because of some mutual agreement, but at the cost of American lives.

So why do I appreciate America’s veterans? Well, why am I safe in my own home? Where did I get my freedom to speak words freely, serve any religion, own my own land and have rights?

I was given that freedom by an abundance of people who did not even know my name, my race, my gender, or anything about who I am, and yet, they gave their lives to protect mine.

If you came up with a list of names of the people you love, would you be willing to protect them and give up your life for theirs? If you would and the names of every other person in America were added on that list, would you still be willing to die?

American veterans who are today still living or lived long ago or died in combat may have had certain people they were mainly willing to protect, but whether or not they knew, they were doing it for everyone else in America. They gave you your rights, they gave you your freedom. This is the home of the free because of the brave, and the words of the “Star-Spangled Banner” are not sung as just a simple song, they are a question, asking us who fought?

Who was headfirst in that battle, dying or willing to for you? The answer to that question is American veterans.

In light of the 2020 pandemic, how much more important is it to support our veterans? Very important.

Why? Because we know some of today’s veterans are more at risk, and what better way to support them than to not only thank them for their service but protect them? They fought for America. Veterans of today and then are not asking us to bow for them, they are not asking for even a thank you, but they deserve one of the world’s biggest thank yous because they have a heart, human soul, and they have already faced death once, or maybe multiple times, for you.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers fear.” (Nelson Mandela)

Veterans did more than just conquer fear, and that is why they deserve our thanks.

In conclusion, I support America’s veterans because I know I could never have even half the bravery they did to stare death in the face and continue to face it for millions of faces they have never even seen.

To all of America’s veterans, I thank you because you never knew me, and yet you did the bravest thing an American could do and fought for people like me, and people who are not. You made it possible for me to fall asleep safely in my bed at night, speak, write, and share the words I wanted to say, and say goodnight to my parents or siblings knowing that I would see them again safely in the morning. I put my hand over my heart during the National Anthem, and I bow my head for the flag because I know that without you, neither would be there to represent the United States of America, and I cannot thank you enough.

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