Veterans Day is on November 11th it was originally a day to commemorate the end of major hostility of World War I, originally known as Armistice Day. It became officially known as Veterans Day in 1954.
Kirkwood has many students and employees who have served in the military at one point in their lives or another. It is because of that, that I want to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country.
I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who served our country whether that means you have served here in the National Guard and the army reserves or overseas in one of the branches of the United States armed services.
That is a huge sacrifice, that is time you’ve spent away from home, time you’ve missed with your family. I understand that you have missed holidays and birthdays. Thank you seems so little to say in comparison but I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
I want you to know that I am grateful for what you have done to make the world safer. I am grateful for what veterans have done to protect civilians. I am grateful for all of times the national guard has drooped everything to help after a tornado or derecho or flood.
I cannot express the fear I felt in 2008 as the flood waters rose higher and higher and the shear relief I felt when the national guard arrived to help with evacuation of the hospital I worked at. I realized that day some hero’s wear camo.
I ask that this year for this for Veterans Day you show kindness not just to veterans, but to everyone in your lives. Hold doors for strangers, smile and say thank you when some does something kind for you. Small things can big differences in the world.
Jessica is in the Digital Arts program and previously graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts and a Bakery Certificate. She enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog, Daisy, taking pictures and spending time with her family.