Veterans Day: Honoring those who understand “true requirements” of service

Honoring Veterans on our team and everywhere

The majority of Americans will never experience the true requirements of service. But we are surrounded by those who do in our day-to-day lives. Today, we say thank you.

Our office is closed today for Veterans Day. We’d like to share something one of our team members, Jennifer Davis, shared last week reminding our team about today.

Jennifer Davis, Director of Operations

“On November 11th, our company will observe Veterans Day. First and foremost, if you are a Veteran, we here at Trility want to thank you for your service. For those of us who haven’t served, we can never fully understand the sacrifices you’ve made for our country, our safety, and our freedoms.

Thank you.

Almost all of my life, I’ve lived a few minutes from the world’s biggest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk, and close to U.S. Navy master jet base, Naval Air Station Oceana.  I get to see and hear jets fly over regularly. I can watch the Blue Angels and still get excited every year for their powerful display at the Oceana Air Show. From the beach, I’ve watched massive aircraft carriers leaving for or coming home from deployment. With my toes in the sand along the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve seen hovercraft vessels practicing for missions.  

The Blue Angels running laps over my house practicing for this weekend’s air show. – Jennifer Davis

Growing up and into my adult life, these sights and sounds have had a great impact on me. But I’ve only watched from the sidelines. My exposure has been limited to the displays of the awesome power of our Nation’s military. What I haven’t seen are the true requirements of the service itself. As we look forward to Monday, I want to celebrate and honor those who have served. I want to be reminded of what it takes to serve others. I want to be thankful for the freedoms I get to enjoy because of those who have served. And I want to encourage you to do the same.” 

– Jennifer Davis

The Great Experiment

Today we celebrate the July 4th, 1776 birth of a nation — the 241st birthday of the United States.

Every year we celebrate the independence of this nation from all other nations and peoples. And because there are so many of us who are all so very different, we tend to celebrate the independence of this nation, and our individual autonomy, in many different ways including with food, fireworks, friends, family, heritage, outdoor recreation, sports and the arts.

Independence Day is also a time for us to remember those who came before us, those who paved the way for our today, as well as and in particular, those who paid the ultimate price giving their lives for this country. People who chose to do what was necessary at the time so that generations of people would benefit well into the future.

There is good reason for some historical figures, then and now, to refer to the United States as a “grand experiment”. What an experiment to watch generations of people, all with varying histories and perspectives, come together and fight to forge a nation based upon a singular idea — the freedom of and right to self-governance.

We are here today because of an idea. We are here today because people, generation after generation, choose to join together to define, implement, vigilantly defend and evolve an idea.

How difficult it must have been to form an idea and take a stand all those years ago. How difficult it has been to protect and evolve that idea every day, month and year since. How difficult it will continue to be for us today and the generations that follow.

All for an idea for which I am grateful to benefit. All for an idea for which I am grateful to contribute.

All for an idea.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

-Preamble to the Declaration of Independence