Who Will You Honor on Veterans Day?
Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th is Veteran's Day and it'll be a little different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are looking to give them more than kind words on Wednesday, here are some ways that you can honor and support and them.
For me, Veterans Day is a day that I need to remember those that fought and gave their lives to keep us free. I also want to honor those that gave up their livelihood and left their families to keep us free.
My friend, John Priestner was one of those people. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he could have returned to his wife Teresa and two daughters, Brenne and Megan. He had done his bit but joined the US Army instead.
My life-long friend gave up his livelihood and eventually his life doing what he thought was right. That was the kind of guy that he was. A guy who thought of others ahead of himself and ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice.
He was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and was deployed to Iraq on July 22nd, 2006 during Iraqi Freedom. He was piloting an Apache helicopter in Iraq in November when his helicopter went down.
John made me laugh all the time and we were fortunate that social media wasn't a thing when we were growing up. It was an honor being a part of your wedding and a bigger honor speaking at your memorial, although I would rather be speaking to you on Facebook.
I can't believe that it's been 14 years already and I think of him often. Miles Henderson was in the helicopter with John when it went down and wife, Artis wrote a book about him called "Unremarried Widow."
My world and our country is a better place because of you. Thank you for your friendship and thank you for serving our country. God Bless You, Joh Priestner.
Who will you honor on Veterans Day?