November 11, 2015 is a significant day for our men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Indeed, the veteran’s of the United States are acknowledged however they must be placed on a hierarchy as their needs are imperative considering the sacrifices they have made for our country.  Folks, we hear about our veteran’s often yet they deserve more gratitude than what they receive.  Our military has a strong defense system which is fortified by our men and women who served our nation and protected our freedom with pride, commitment, and integrity, hence patriotism.  We feel blessed to know someone from each branch of the United States Military whether it is the younger generation or elder generation.  In fact, each veteran I have spoken had a unique story about their experiences serving in a particular unit which I found fascinating. 

When I think of Veteran’s Day, I often reflect upon the American Flag and what it represents.  We are proud of our flag as it symbolizes honor and liberty to say the least.  My great-uncle, Jim Whisker served in the United States Marine Corps and earned the rank of Sergeant.  Mr. Richard “Buddy” Singer is a young man I met years’ ago who was a D.A.R.E. student of mine graduated from Tussey Mountain High School and now serves in the Pennsylvania National Guard.  Kevin G; serves as a Private-First Class in the United States Army who has served 2 tours in the Middle East;  Chad K.  served in the United States Marine Corps;  Larry B. who served in the United States Air force; and Eric C. who served as a Sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard–the list continues as there are so many people to thank.  My family and I thank each veteran in America, Bedford County, and in active service in foreign lands for your commitment, sacrifice, and protecting our liberty—we are blessed by your service!

Written by Erik Whisker (Everett)