9 Reasons to Thank the Troops

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10 Reasons to Thank the Troops

Honor Our Troops This Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day, and most people are celebrating the beginning of summer and enjoying a day off.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But all too often, people forget the real meaning of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day was established on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, to commemorate the lives lost in the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day, as mourners and those wishing to honor the dead would decorate soldiers’ graves.

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The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

While the intention of Memorial Day is to pay honor to those who have given their lives for our country, it’s also important to honor those who are still with us. Here are just a few of the many reasons you should thank a vet or active service member this Memorial Day.

1. They Put Their Lives On Hold to Serve Their Country.

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Soldiers are asked to live without the things we take for granted every day. They leave their families for months or years at a time, sometimes with minimal contact with those back home. Deployed service members miss births, deaths, birthdays, graduations and many other important family milestones while they are away serving our country.

2. They Give Their All, Every Day.

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Military members spend every day pushing themselves to their limits and overcoming challenges the rest of us can only dream of. Click here to read about a day in the life of a soldier.

3. They Go Wherever Duty Calls.

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Service members are asked to leave their homes and deploy to locations all over the world, often with little notice.

4. They’re Willing to Give Their All for Our Freedom.

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Above is the oath of enlistment taken by every military member. They know when they take it that defending the Constitution might very well mean sacrificing their life. Every day, our brave men and women in the military choose to put others before themselves so that we can all enjoy our freedom.

5. They Are Compassionate.

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Detractors will try to tell you that the men and women of the armed forces are hateful and bigoted, but it’s simply not true. In fact, military members are some of the most compassionate people you will ever meet. The video below is a great example.

6. They Believe in Honor and Integrity.

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When you’re in the military, honor is built into the lifestyle. Veterans continue to carry that air of honor and integrity with them long after they leave the service.

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7. They’re Good Role Models.

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In this day and age, it’s hard to find good, wholesome role models for our kids. It’s comforting to know that there are always our brave soldiers for the next generation to look up to.

8. They’re Innovators.

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Most people don’t realize that many of the products we use every day were actually invented by the military. Duct tape, digital photography, GPS, Walkie Talkies and even the Internet are just a few of the products we enjoy because of the military. Learn more here.

9. Freedom Isn’t Free.

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At the end of the day, Memorial Day is about taking a moment to stop and reflect on those who paid the ultimate price for their country. Without them and their sacrifice, the rest of us wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the freedoms that we do. So this Memorial Day, take a moment to reflect, and remember to thank a soldier.

Want to give back? Check out these 10 great charities that support the troops and vets.


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