Veterans Day serves as a day to reflect on the awesomeness of being American. We have unparalleled freedoms that were not free. These freedoms were fought for and continue as a result of those past and present veterans who boldly wear the U.S. uniform.
I am thankful and honored to be the daughter of parents who have had the opportunity to serve as members of the United States Army. My parents always made sure to emphasize that my sister, Alexa, and I would remember the sacrifices that veterans have made.
Growing up in a household with parents who attended the United States Military Academy has had a huge impact on my life. They are perfect examples of what hard work, perseverance, integrity and dedication can do in a person's life.
Not only did they attend West Point, but they also successfully ran track there. My mother had the honor of representing the United States on the world stage by participating in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as a triple jumper.
Because of their experiences, my parents have always pushed me to do nothing but my best in all that I do, and encouraged me that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I am nothing short of thankful to them for guiding me in the right direction.
I do not take for granted the ability to live in a country as free and as blessed as ours. So, on Veterans Day, we pause to say thank you to all who have served, past and present, and a special thank you to my parents for defending and protecting our country.