Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a day to honor fallen soldiers during World War I, now we recognize those who have served and those who are currently serving. I see it as a day to show gratitude.

My dad served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. I grew up knowing this, but it wasn't until high school that I asked him to tell me about it in detail. I wasn't ready for the stories that he shared.

I had learned about the Vietnam War in History class, but until I heard his personal account of watching friends and fellow marines die before his eyes I didn't have the grave perspective that I do now.

Throughout our nation's history, men have told similar stories to those that my dad shared with me. Men have put their lives on the line for our freedom, a way of life that most of us take for granted daily.

Today, on Veterans Day, is a great opportunity to thank a veteran or someone you know who is currently putting their life on the line for our freedom. When you see a Vet, thank a Vet.