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Honoring Our Veterans!

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On Friday, November 11, the U.S. honors and celebrates Veteran's Day. We all have had grandparents, fathers and mothers, and/or sons and daughters who have served in some branch of our military. Some of us have been lucky enough to have our heroes come back to us alive, whereas others have not. For those who have died, they paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave up their life for their country. And for those soldiers who have returned after serving and fighting to protect our way of life, they too have sacrificed greatly. They have undergone major changes in their lives whether it be mentally or physically,or both. It is not easy to endure war, let alone come back and be expected to continue as if they had never left. For those of us who have never experienced the battlefields, we will never know or understand what our loved ones witnessed or underwent in their desire to keep our country safe, and it will be hard to relate to why they are not the same people we knew before they went into battle. 

Future Business Leaders of America encourages everyone on Friday to reflect on what these brave people have done for us and our country. They stood for democracy and freedom as well as fought to keep our American Enterprise system in tack. They are the ones that protect our right to take to the streets and protest, they are the ones that defend our right to choose and they are the ones that keep in tact our right to run our own businesses and choose our own careers. 

As you reflect, remember that they have given up their way of life to ensure that all of us retain ours. These brave men and women are our heroes. Joseph Campbell once said, "A hero is someone who has given her or his life to something bigger than oneself." Our military forces should be heroes to all of us. It takes great courage and selflessness to step onto a battlefield, knowing that every step you take changes your life forever. These heroes believed in something bigger than themselves that was and is worth fighting for. Nelson Mandela stated, "...Courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man [women] is not he [she] who does not feel afraid, but he [she] that conquers that fear" and does it anyway." Thanks to these great military men and women of courage, we do not have to experience these types of situations. Every day we go about our lives living in a society that allows us freedom of choices, decisions and abilities.

On Friday, November 11, remember to thank a veteran in a special way for giving up so much for our country and for us. We encourage businesses on this day and throughout the weekend to thank our military veterans by giving a free meal, free beverages or free service in honor of their contribution to keeping democracy and our American enterprise system functioning. Thank them for allowing us the abilities to run our own businesses, have choices in regards to our careers, our education, and the products and services we buy. Make Veteran's day weekend a "Thank-a-Vet" day in our communities.

FBLA continues to honor and celebrate our American heroes and their service to our country and our way of life. Thanks to all of you our system of government works!

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