By Lars Dalseide | November 12 2012 09:01

Military Personnel working as a spotter at NRA's National Rifle Championships in Camp Perry

The first American Veteran walked off a Revolutionary War battlefield almost 250 years ago.

Since then, they've traveled near and far under stars and stripes to protect the individuals and ideals of these United States. Though there was the day when they were called into service, they are all volunteers today. Forsaking all, they are the watcher in the night, the guardian at the gate, the long tip of the spear.

Members of the U.S. Army participate in an NRA Run in Afghanistan - for Veterans Day

We recognize their actions, their character and their sacrifice today. Veterans Day.

It's not just a day off of work. It's an acknowledgement, an homage and a gesture. A small gesture. But what else can one do for those who provide so much.

So if you happen to run into a veteran today during your day off, bestow upon them a simple gesture. Give them your thanks. A smile. A nod. An acknowledgement of gratitude. For those men and women, along with those who came before them, are the true heroes of today.

Good Veterans Day to all.

Ohio National Guard providing a demonstration at Camp Perry - for Veterans Day

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