Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
~Michel de Montaigne
The timing of Quotography’s prompt for Courage couldn’t be more perfect. Today is the federal observation for Veterans Day here in the states. Yesterday was the actual Veterans Day, but in order to give the banks and state/federal employees a three-day weekend, today is a holiday.
Valor is defined as: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery
And that is exactly what our men and women in uniform have when courage is demanded of them. Veterans Day is not to be confused with our other remembrance day, Memorial Day. While Memorial Day is a day of remembering servicemen and women who died while serving our country, Veterans Day celebrates the courageous service of all United States military veterans.
To them, I say THANK YOU! Thank you for your bravery and courage in keeping our country safe and free. And in addition to those military servicemen and women, I also say thank you to their families. Families who, many times, bear untold physical, psychological and emotional burdens and sacrifices…all because they love a soldier.
not-so humble opinion, The United States military is second to none. But, with all its technological advances, being a soldier is still a down and dirty job. And the courageous contributions and sacrifices of our veterans simply cannot be measured.