Today is Veteran's Day. Contrary to popular opinion, today is not just a day to enjoy store-wide savings and deep, deep discounts on name-brand merchandise. Today is a day to remember our veterans. Remember the veterans who signed up only for a four-year hitch, maybe for a little college money, maybe for some excitement, maybe because they didn't have anything better to do. Remember that they swore an oath to defend your freedom, with their lives, if necessary. Remember those currently on active duty, away from their families for long, wearing months at a time. Think about the sacrifices their spouses and children have to make. Think about the fact that, even in peacetime, the military profession is one of the most dangerous and deadly in the world. Remember that they, too, swore an oath to defend their nation and its Constitution. Remember those veterans of past wars; think about the places they served, the duties they performed. Remember always that they went where their government told them to go and did the job their Commander-in-Chief ordered them to do. Respect their loyalty and effort, even as you enjoy the freedom to disagree with the politics. Don't forget that they swore an oath to defend not only their country, but the freedom of others around the world. Don't ever forget that many of them died under horrible conditions, of terrible wounds. Many never came back, and some who did were never the same. Remember them. Today is a day to honor our veterans. Find one and say "thank you." It means far, far more than you can imagine.