Today is Veterans Day.
Normally, we would use this day to say thank you to the men and women who have fought and died to defend the United States. But this year feels different.
It feels different because of not just Covid-19, but because of political turmoil created by the results of the election.
Sometimes I feel like we take our rights and our freedoms for granted. The last few years have reminded me that democracy does not just appear or remain stable in thin air. A democratic government either fails or succeeds based on the actions (or lack thereof) of the average citizen.
Every year, we talk about thanking our living veterans and honoring the memories of those who are no longer with us. I think the best way we can do both is to do the hard work needed to ensure that the American democracy will exist for generations to come. Included in that hard work is putting aside our differences and trying to find a middle ground.
If we don’t, then what is the point of Veterans Day?