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Hero of the Day – Nov. 4

November 04, 2015
Matt Medland

Matt Medland

Military service: I served in the U.S.  Navy from May 2000 to September 2012 as an aviation electronics technician. This photo is from March 31, 2011.  I was standing on the starboard side of the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear aircraft carrier on deployment to the Gulf. The ships in the distance are supplying our ship during what is called an underway replenishment.

What does Veterans Day mean to you? I have always seen Veterans Day as a day of mourning. It is not a day to find deals in stores and restaurants or to have a paid day off of work. It is certainly not a day of celebration. It is a day for the dead. It is a day that is best spent attending a memorial service, singing the national anthem, and waving the national ensign in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for freedom that so many of us living today take for granted. It is a day to hear “Taps” being played in the cool breeze of the morning by your local veterans’ organization and remember silently the ocean of blood that was shed to end tyranny and liberate the world from evil, time after time unending.

Most of all it is a time that I am incredibly thankful that I was not asked to lay my life down for this country even though I was ready and willing to every day of my Navy service.

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