Why should we honor our veterans?

Essay by rayblue0618High School, 10th gradeA+, October 2014

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Why I Appreciate American's Veterans

On November 11th, the United States of America celebrates Veterans Day every year. Veterans Day is held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to honor the US veterans and victims of all wars. The veterans are the people who have risked their lives defending the United States. These soldiers are appreciated for everything they have done for this country. They should be honored throughout the whole year and not just on one day.

There is a very impressive bumper sticker that I saw that stated: "Freedom isn't free." Unfortunately, we live in a world where people want to take away our freedom. Currently, the world is experiencing the threat of the terrorist group, ISIS. These extreme Islamic fanatics are only interested in having everyone live the way they want. In order for civilized human beings to live in freedom, we need courageous men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for our freedom.

I appreciate American's veterans because they have risked everything for their country. They risked dying and they were not able to see their family for long periods of time. Some of them have died, have been severely injured, or have suffered from trauma or mental issues, such as PTSD. They are the reason why America has the freedom it has today. They have fought for something bigger than themselves and they should be recognized for their selflessness.

The veterans were courageous and powerful and they should be appreciated for all that they have done. Veterans also set a moving example for all of humanity. Their willingness to sacrifice is a characteristic that we all need to posses. If we live in a world where everyone only thinks about themselves, sooner or...