I ran five miles yesterday.

From the moment my alarm first dinged, I rushed to tackle the day. I spent my time completing projects, attending meetings, and even squeezing in a coffee date with my wife.

But as my work was ending, I took a moment to reflect on the day – what day it was, and what I hadn’t yet done.

I realized that while I spent time on tasks that are important to myself and organization, to my family and friends, I didn’t take time to acknowledge the significance of Veterans Day what it means for this country.

Since 1776, when disgruntled colonists declared their freedom against a tyrant king, millions of men and women have taken up the call of honor, duty, and sacrifice to make sure the rest of us can live a life free from fear and tyranny. And although all who joined made an oath to protect and serve, many never got to experience the seeds they sowed or embrace the loved ones they left behind. Even as new threats appear, often more daunting than the last, our servicemen and women rose up and tackled each transgression head on without hesitation.

Today I ran five miles – not to boast on social media – but to honor the men and women who have or are serving in the five branches of the U.S. military. It was a moment to take time out of the ordinary, and do something specific to remember those who have done so much.

Without these individuals deciding to lay it all on the line, including my grandfather, my great uncle, my uncle, and countless friends I’ve met along my journey, America wouldn’t be the safe haven that it is today.

It is never said enough – and it never will – but thank you.

Thank you for the countless sacrifices you’ve made to yourselves, your families, and our country so that the rest of us can lie in bed tonight and not worry about tomorrow’s unknown.

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Brandon Osgood is a strategic communications and digital marketing professional based out of Raleigh, NC. Beyond being a passionate storyteller, Brandon is an avid classical musician with dreams of one day playing at Carnegie Hall. Interested in connecting? Email him at brosgood@outlook.com.