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Thank you, Veterans. But also, Thank you Veteran Widow(er)s.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day in the US, Remembrance Day in Canada and Armistice Day in Europe. It’s a solemn but beautiful time. We all owe so much to the sacrifices that these men and women have made to fight for our freedoms and to fight against tyranny.

Thank you, Veterans, from every country. You are one of the biggest reasons we are here in the way that we are.

The gratitude I feel when I think of veterans is immense. Politically, I’m very liberal and progressive and I get tired of the stereotype that liberals don’t love the vets. That couldn’t be further from the truth. My heart swells with gratitude for their sacrifices.

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I would like to say, though, that there is another group that is often forgotten in all of this. The spouses/partners and the families of those who were killed. They have also sacrificed for us. They sacrificed husbands, wives or life-partners, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers. So many families have had the annihilation of grief take over their lives for us. We should be thanking them too.

And to those who took care of the vets who were injured, some of them in life-changing ways. You also deserve to be remembered. Caregiving is not easy and there is also a form of grief that goes with it. You continually sacrifice to help sooth the wounds that war and military life brings.

These people make up our veterans’ support at home. They help the soldiers keep going. They are the love sent across the seas. They give everything, knowing the risk of loving somebody who is in the military. They deserve our praise and our gratitude. They deserve to also be remembered.

Thank you, Vets, and thank you to those who share a love with a Vet. Thank you all for your constant sacrifice. I hope the world proves itself worthy to you.

Happy Veterans/Remembrance/Armistice Day, every day.

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