I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the veterans on this very special day—Veterans Day. November 11 is a U.S. holiday that was originally established to honor the end of World War 1, when the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. Later, it was changed to honor all veterans.

In times of war we tend to be more aware of the sacrifices that our military men and women and their families make. And since I’m right in the middle of watching the series Army Wives (through Netflix), I’ve been even more attuned to the hardships and sacrifices they make so that we and others can live free.

My friend Amy just mentioned on Facebook that she visited Pearl Harbor today. I think it’s a good idea for everyone to visit some of our national monuments and remember and honor those who have served and are still serving. Places like the Vietnam, Korean, and World War II memorials in D.C.; the World War II museum in New Orleans; Arlington Cemetery; and many local museums and memorials in states around the country are awaiting you.

Thank you veterans!