Halloween has passed, Thanksgiving is coming up and Christmas will be here before we blink 🎄That's coming quick!

There is one day that tends to go unnoticed and I do my best to remind everyone about it. November 11, 2019, will mark a day to remember and celebrate our veterans who have served in the armed forces. It's too bad we only give them one day 😢

There will be several discounts that Veteran's can take advantage of starting next week that I'll get to in another blog. Saturday will be one of the first celebrations that will bring the community together to celebrate these brave soldiers during the Boise Veteran's Day Parade.

I served honorably in the United States Navy and loved every minute of it. I was fortunate to have never served in a hostile situation that I was aware of. I was very lucky. There are so many men and women who didn't get that same service. I have the softest spot for our men, women and families that serve our country. We can't lose sight of the fact they volunteer to protect us in the most dangerous parts of the world. These veterans are heroes and their families deserve medals too. It can't be easy to keep the family in place while mom or dad is on deployment. You miss birthdays, anniversaries, and the most important moments in a person's life. They give all of this up and those families suffer a sacrifice that can really damage a relationship. They are so brave.

Happy Veteran's Day to everyone who served and take a few minutes to cheer them on in the big parade on Saturday. The Boise Veteran's Day Parade is on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

This year's theme is "Letters From Home". You can write a message and have it sent to a person currently serving. I remember mail call and this was essential when you're cut off from what's happening at home. I remember getting boxes of cookies, gifts, and everything that reminded me of my family. There is just something about a person taking time out to handwrite a letter. There is no email that can replace that feeling ❤️

The parade begins at 10:15 a.m. in Downtown Boise with a special opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

I was sent a poem almost ten years to the date from an anonymous author that touched me. I went in the studio and cut a very amateur read so please don't judge me. My cadence was a bit fast and there was a slight echo in that studio. The message, however, remains powerful and something I hope you can appreciate.

Happy Veteran's Day on November 11, 2019, today and every day forever 🇺🇸🎖💜