On this veteran’s day, I reflect on this quote. Honoring those who served for a greater purpose; knowing their “why”. The “why” that kept them motivated through trying times, through war, through loss, through service, and through sacrifice. The “why” that gave them meaning in life, something to fight for, something to live for, but also something to die for.
But each service member’s “why” is almost always different, yet connected at the same time. Whether it be for love of country, love of family, love of freedom, or opposition to tyranny, the constant is that they gave themselves purpose. And that is something that can never be stripped away from them.
This is why we honor veterans: for admiration of their purpose and gratitude for their why. A reminder for those then whenever you are feeling lost or meaningless, you can always strive to meet their standards as a means to be purposeful.