Today, it’s not just time for a personal So San Diego picture, but also for honoring and thanking - and most importantly appreciating - those who have served or are still serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Today is November 11: Veterans Day.
The military is big here in the U.S. - specifically in San Diego as (one of) the biggest military bases, specifically for the Navy (and hence for the Marines). This military, patriotic spirit and unbelievably strong sense of freedom have always somewhat fascinated me about America. It’s something that unites the people.
When I see people walking by a guy or gal in uniform, or even knowing that he or she is serving in the military, I hear all too often: “Thank you for your service.” The first time I heard it months ago on the trolley after work. I won’t forget that because this deep appreciation for people in the Armed Forces here in this country is impressive.
Today, Americans thank those that are on active duty or have served. It’s about the people that are still among us - so Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which remembers those that gave their lives fighting for their country.
“Home of the free because of the brave”.
Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all those who are serving this country. I might be foreign and not born here, but I know by now, after almost a year in San Diego, that this day means a lot here - to people that mean a lot to me.
This picture was taken back in early spring, in Ocean Beach, right off Newport Avenue, when I still explored my surrounding area, places I have come to love.