Thank you to all of the strong, brave, and selfless men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Today and every day you are honored.
Every day, I try to reflect on my life, more so today than most other days, because I never gave my life for others the way our Veterans, those still serving, and those who have fallen have. One thing still bothers me every year...and I am not trying to sound off on a day where we honor those who have put their lives before their own for the greater good. However, every year, retailers use this special day, that we are supposed to reserve for those brave men and women, to monopolize and lure in customers for sales and deals. I hate this and I am not a Veteran. I suppose retailers do this for Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas...but why on Veterans Day? Why on a day where we are to honor those who served our country for the right to shop, for all of our freedoms that we take for granted, for the bitchy lady sipping her Starbucks in her expensive SUV who would not let me in on the high way in traffic, for the jerk who layed on his horn until someone let me in on that high way in the morning traffic, for the people making a big deal out of Starbucks cups not having snowflakes on them...for all of us living in this country going about our daily lives while our Veterans are going about their day and seeing all of these stores and businesses use this day that means so much more than 15% off, to promote and increase business. I apologize for sounding like a hypocrit because I have sbopped during the holiday season, looking for sales and good deals, during times when it may not seem appropriate (Christmas sales, Cyber Monday... and just for the record, I refuse to shop on the actual holidays if I can avoid it, and I make every effort to not shop on holidays). I just hate seeing retailers use every chance they can to make a buck...and I unfortunately have worked and currently work in retail. Maybe I feel like by getting this out, I am defending our Veterans in a way the only way I know how or can...my wonderful, caring, selfless boyfriend, my hilarious uncle, my wonderful and strong grandfather, may he rest in peace, and all the men and women I know personally and do not know or will ever have the honor of knowing. Lets just try to remember what these holidays actually mean and to resepct others for what they have done for us. We may never get the chance to repay them for their selflessness; it is the littlest things that mean and matter the most. #thankavet