"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." -President Harry S. Truman

November 11, 1918, marks the official ceasing of fighting in the “war to end all wars”, otherwise known as World War I. In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice went into effect, bringing the fighting to an end.

This year is the holiday’s 100th anniversary, and now even a century later, there are over 2 million brave men and women actively serving in a branch of the United States Armed Forces. There are seven different branches in the United States Military. Some are the Air Force, National Guard, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

Among the many that work in this school, I spoke with Dolph Hunt, the Lone Peak Law Enforcement teacher. He served with the United States Border Patrol for twenty-six years. He told us a little bit about how his service and the armed service of others has influenced his life:“It made me a better citizen. When you do that for a living, it makes you appreciate their sacrifice a thousand times more.”

To any who have served, are currently serving, or are planning on doing so, thank you. Freedom is not free. Brave men and women have risked and lost their lives so that we could live in the way we do now. We may not know all of them, but we owe all of them.

If you know anyone who has served or is currently serving, reach out to them. Let them know how appreciative you are of their sacrifice. It’s their lives that they put on the line for yours, so take the time to let them know that their service didn’t go to waste.