American Icon: Our Military Veterans

Veterans Day 2015

Among the many stories of military bravery is that of seaman Matthew Little who served in four wars, including World War I and World War II.

His story does not end there. He survived his boats being torpedoed not once or twice, but four different times. One occurred during World War I and two during the second war; all were at the hands of the Germans. After the third torpedo attack, Little spent five days in a lifeboat before he was rescued.

Little’s experiences in the service are extraordinary. But not all servicemen and women can lay claim to such encounters.

Most quietly serve and sacrifice. They get sent on tours to Iraq and Afghanistan while their families reside stateside , praying only for their safe return.

Over the next week there will be ceremonies throughout the country honoring all our military personnel, past and present, as we take time to commemorate Veterans Day.

If you know a veteran, you know most are relatively reticent about their service, regardless of whether they served in peacetime or war. But they are proud, particularly of having served their country.

And over the next week, we should all take time to thank them for what they have done. It can be something as simple as illuminating your porch with a green light or flying an American flag at your home or observing a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, also known as Armistice Day (or Veterans Day).

However you decide to honor our servicemen, take a moment to express your gratitude. They often don’t consider themselves heroes, but to us they are.

As our way of saying thanks, we are offering a 30% online discount to those currently serving in our military as well as our veterans through this Sunday, November 15. When shopping make sure to check out Wiley X, Randolph Engineering and Ray-Ban, all brands that have a proud connection to our military. Make sure to use the code: VDAY15 when checking out.