Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. A hero can be a mom, a dad or even someone who wears a cape.
Heroes are also the ones we honor on Veteran’s Day.
November 11 is a day we pay respect to those who gave us the freedoms that we so easily take for granted.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran’s Day is “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
Like many of you reading this I am related to and know multiple people who have served our great country.
On my mom’s side of the family my grandfather served in the military as well as his brothers.
He was in the Navy. I do not know much about his Navy career; however he was always fond of telling stories about boxing while in the Navy. I also know he was aboard ship, and from what I can gather not during war time.
On my dad’s side of the family my uncle’s served in various branches of the military.
I have often heard it said that boys go off to war and they come back as men. As many things in life alter who we are, I am sure this would be one of those things where the life you had was not the life you came back to.
I believe Boone County and West Virginia as a whole breeds some of the most patriotic people there are.
I would like to say, “Thank you to all that have served and to all those who are serving. I appreciate your dedication and sacrifices you make each day.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder