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Happy Veteran’s Day

To all those who served: thank you.

Red poppies, the traditional symbol to commemorate the anniversary of the 1918 armistice.
Photo by Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty Images

Author’s note: Hey all, sorry for the delay. Work has gotten the better of me for the last few few weeks. I’ll be back next week with my weekly off-season Winter League forums next week. Until then, hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the battlefields of Europe fell silent after more than 4 years of fierce and intense fighting, and the world breathed a sigh of relief. Known originally as Armistice Day, it wouldn’t be until after World War II and the Korean War that the U.S. Congress officially renamed the day we honor today as Veterans Day. It’s a day to honor all those who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

On behalf of all of us here at, thank you to all the brave men and women (my fellow Brothers and Sisters in Arms) from all walks of life who have served our great Nation throughout our history. Whether you served in the U.S. or overseas, in wartime or in peace, whether you served proudly in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, thank you for everything. Also, a big thank you to the families, whose sacrifice daily at home to keep everything going. As one of those Veterans, who is still actively serving, every “Thank you” means a lot (though if you were to buy me a beer as part of that thank you, I wouldn’t turn it down; just saying).

My 1st deployment to Iraq, 2005 (hint: I’m the guy in camo)

With that said, I do ask a small favor: let’s not forget our obligations as citizens, even in these incredibly partisan times. You don’t have to join one of the Armed Services to actively defend our way of life. We can protect our freedom simply by maintaining it here in America. What does that mean? It means going out and doing something, and not just waving the flag for a day. Go out and speak out against injustices. Volunteer in your community, wherever you are. Teach a kid what it really means to be an American: protecting someone else’s freedom, not just ensuring you get yours.

Simply put, Veterans’ Day isn’t just a day for Vets - it’s a day for all Americans. It’s a day to remember what our Armed Forces fight for, and for all of us to continue to protect our freedoms and the freedoms of future generations.

Even in today’s partisan times, I think we can all agree to that. Again, thank you to all of our Vets out there, thank you for your support, and enjoy the holiday responsibly.