Veteran's Day has always been important in my family. It was especially important to my mother as it is also her father's birthday. (11/11) I was raised with a deep respect for all things military and considering all of the people in my life who have served in the Armed Forces it's no wonder we remember the holiday with reverence. My father was a Korean War Veteran, My Uncle Harold served during WWII and more recently, my brother Jon retired in 2004 after 30 years in the Marine Corps the end of which was spent in Iraq and Kuwait. Currently, I have a nephew in the Marine Corps who has completed his first tour in Iraq and will probably be headed to Afghanistan next. I am humbled and honored to claim these men as relatives and hold dear to my heart all men and women who risk their lives to protect the freedoms I enjoy. I will never be able to express my appreciation, but I will continue to try and at the very least, I pray constantly for them and their families. Everyday should be Veteran's Day... because each day spent is owed to the sacrifices that have been made in the past and are continued through service to our country. May God hold them and their loved ones close.