With the beginning of November comes two major holidays: Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. So I’d like to combine the two in a column and say thank you to the veterans that have served this country.

I give thanks to those who chose to take the tough road ahead instead of the easy one.

Thanks to those who made the decision to be out there fighting, away from their families to make sure that I would still be able to sit down around a table with my family this Thanksgiving.

I want to give thanks to the vets who risked their lives every mission for my freedoms and made it back even if their brothers and sisters may not have.

The mechanics, the specialists, the recruiters, the public affairs officers and all the vets whose jobs may not have had them see combat have my thanks as well.

I can’t thank those vets who are still fighting every day due to things like PTSD and traumatic brain injury enough for all the sacrifices they’ve made on behalf of the betterment of the country and civilians alike.

Thanks goes out to the vets that have never stopped being there for their brothers-in-arms and still support each other to this day through their struggles.

A hearty thank you to the people who served our country and then retired and now serve their community in so many different ways, whether it be through charities, volunteering, mentoring, etc.

I give thanks for those strong pillars of communities around the country and globe known as veterans.

Thanks to all the vets worldwide for everything they’ve done in general. It hasn’t gone unnoticed, trust me on that one.

And a thank you to all the vets that let us here at The Southeast Sun/Daleville Sun-Courier interview you and make the Veteran’s Day special section possible.

Most of all, thanks are in order for the veterans we have that they were able to come back home after their service and be able to spend Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving with us.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for during this holiday season and our veterans are one of the biggest. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t even be here to be able to give thanks in the first place.

It’s been an honor to meet and get to know every veteran that I have and I thank them for their service. For all the ones that have no idea who I am, I thank you for your service as well.

So a thank you from me, Justin Blowers, and a happy Veteran’s Day to you all.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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