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Veterans Day 2018

Dated: November 12 2018

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In retrospect, I wish that I had taken the time to ask more questions, and request more stories from my grandfather and his 4 brothers in the picture above.  I would imagine that they would have told me good stories full of shenenigans mixed with stories of struggle and loss.  No doubt, they would have sugar coated the worst of stories for my 9 year old inquiring mind, but I wonder if I could have read their face for otherwise.  Ultimately, I just wish they could know that I really am interested to hear them, and for them to know that I appreciate them.

Growing up, I respected the military and Veterans Day because I was asked to.  Ceremonies and parades were great, because...well, ceremonies and parades.  Playing soldier and with toy soldiers was FUN, and especially when it didn't include real sacrifice.  I have wondered what my grandfather (and other Veterans) think when they see kids smiling and laughing as they pretend to shoot the "bad guys".  I have felt that the spotlight given to Veterans grows dimmer each year.

Like many Americans, we are often too busy and inconvenienced to show appreciation constantly, and so one day a year is more comfortable.  When a story does arise about giving up an airplane seat, it is appreciated, and a great reminder.  I've made a personal goal to get out of my comfort zone more often this year to demonstrate my appreciation and respect.  I searched through many quotes to express this, and came upon this from some guy named George:

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."                 -- President George Washington

I have not researched whether or not President Washington authentically said this.  I don't need to.  The message is important for us all to hear.  Without people's likeliness to serve, the results become disasterous in one of two ways.  One, the nation goes unprotected, unrepresented, and dramatic results ensue.  Two, the nation reverts to forced servitude, which moves further away from the principles so many died to protect.  

I do want to wish you all a Happy Veterans Day, and hope that we can all stand to show respect and appreciation.  I am not going to try to capitalize on this holiday by telling you how Smile St George is the best and only Agency for all Veterans out there.  The truth is, there are many great Agents out there for Veterans to work with that will honor them.  We are happy to be one of them, and would be thrilled to work with you to buy or sell your home.  Also, if you would like information on VA loans, we can help you learn more about these great options, and we also have some great partners that can take it from there.  

Thank you to all who have served, and all the families who have supported.  For those in the St George Utah area, you can find out more about the celebrations happening around town here.

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