As another year passes, with just as many challenges (or certainly more so) as in years previous, we arrive at yet another Veterans Day.

Like many federal holidays or days of remembrance, it may sometimes be easy for us to forget why we have days like this dedicated in the first place. Between the large-scale issues that face us today and the minutia of our lives, we can easily forget why we celebrate as we do.

Veterans Day is here to remind us why.

To serve one’s country on the battlefield is one of the most selfless things a person can do. Our nation has a proud history of innumerable servicemen and women giving themselves to the country, to ensure our safety and security, and to protect the prosperity in our country today. That sacrifice cannot be understated.

As veterans, our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women alike all face unique challenges when leaving service or retiring. What these folks see and do would shock even the most accomplished individuals.

There’s truly nothing like the work our veterans do; that’s why we dedicate this day to honoring and remembering them. It’s not just a day for department stores to get rid of some over-stocked goods or a day to throw a fun parade for the town.

The true essence of Veterans Day is about showing reverence and thanks to those who have given it all so we can have it all.

Remember their sacrifices today, and remember to thank a veteran when you see one. God bless America.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, represents the 139th Assembly District in the state legislature. The district comprises portions of Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, and Orleans counties. Hawley served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve where he earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

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