Today is Veteran's Day, a day when we honor the brave men and women who have served our country and given so much of themselves to keep us safe and free back home, and to fight the forces of genocide and tyranny. I've had the pleasure of speaking with several vets today who have called the Carolina Sauce Company to sign up a son or daughter, friend, or an "adopted" fellow serviceman or woman serving overseas, to receive a free gift box of sauce through Operation Sauce Drop. One amazing woman told me that she is a veteran and her daughter (currently serving in a medical capacity in Germany, helping our wounded warriors) is the 5th generation in their family to serve in our military. I expressed my gratitude for their service and sacrifices, something I do whenever I have the honor of speaking with a veteran or active-duty member of our armed forces. I've also been touched by the generosity of those vets who have made donations to Operation Sauce Drop so that a deployed soldier who will spend the upcoming holidays far from home and in harm's way could receive a little taste of home.
As I've worked today filling orders for civilan customers and preparing Operation Sauce Drop gift boxes for our deployed troops, I've kept thinking about how lucky we are to live in such a great country as the USA. Yes, it's not perfect, and these are trying times for many, but we are blessed with a form of government that allows us to express our disagreements and dissents without fear of political persecution, to worship as we wish (or to choose not to worship at all), and to participate as full citizens regardless of our sex, skin color, national origin, religious persuasion and the like. Regardless of our political views during these troubled times, we should never forget the sacrifices that the brave men and women in our armed forces have made, and continue to make, to keep us free and safe. So if you see a uniformed member of our military today (or any day, really), or if you know a veteran, please take the time to thank them for serving our country, and please consider supporting our troops with letters, care packages, or some other way to let them know that they are not forgotten back home.
PS: Thank you, dear readers, for indulging me today on this "less saucy" topic. Having a family member on active duty in the Army has made me much more aware of what military service truly entails, both for the individual serviceperson and for their family and friends. I sincerely believe that our troops deserve our support, regardless of politics.