Today we observe Veterans Day, a once-a-year event when we celebrate the men and women who serve and protect our country with ceremonies and discounts at participating restaurants.
Yes, there are many who would try to co-opt this special day - but that’s fine, because these brave men and women deserve all that we as a society can give them.
It’s the least we can do because they have played such an important role in preserving our freedom and building our nation.
In fact, we should honor them every day because, in a world that sometimes seems to have gone mad, they are all that stands between us and the many threats to our democracy.
It is these men and women who, through their bravery, have made it known around the world that America, as a nation, stands up for its values and will defend its shores - and its allies - against any threat. That has been true since our country’s founding and it is no less true today when our enemies fight with cyber attacks, terrorist assaults and a growing arsenal of nuclear warheads.
So what is today about, then? It’s an opportunity to thank our military, past and present, and their families for all they have done. It’s a chance to teach the next generation about the veterans’ many sacrifices and accomplishments and to hear again their tales of service, both while the nation was at war and in peace time.
President Trump talks a lot about what it takes to “make America great again” but, from where we sit, that’s what our military has done for three centuries.