Sacrifices, small and large - Catholic Courier

Sacrifices, small and large

Veterans Day may be more important now than it’s ever been because this may be the easiest time in our history for Americans to ignore wars and the men and women who fight them. Ironically, we are probably better informed than we have ever been about how wars are fought. We live in a time when we can keep tabs on global affairs by glancing at our phones. We arguably know more than ever about social and political turmoil overseas. But at the same time it is very easy for most of us to set the news aside because we are asked to sacrifice very little and our lives remain largely unchanged no matter how many regimes fall on the other side of the world and no matter how many armed conflicts we become involved in.

I thought about this when I attended a special Veterans Day service last week at St. Rita Church in Webster. Children from St. Rita School sang and prayed and carried flags during the service, which was attended by several local veterans. Perhaps most importantly, the students listened to veterans as they spoke about their experiences. Those who attended the service made a sacrifice, however small. They set aside their busy schedules to remember the people who make their freedom possible. Ceremonies like this are among the few formal ways that youths and others in our community can honor those who have served and protected our country. It’s an opportunity to let our military men and women know that their sacrifices, past and present, are appreciated. These are complicated times, but a simple "thank you" still goes a long way.

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