Veterans Day is November 11. This day honors anyone who has served in the United States military. The holiday began as a day to remember the end of World War I and was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday became Veterans Day in 1954 when the day was expanded to include all men and women who have served our country in the military.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our military personnel. Over the years and around the world, they have fought, sacrificed and died to protect our freedoms and liberties. Often we idolize singers, actors and athletes, but the true heroes of today are our American soldiers. Just because people can sing, act, and play doesn’t mean they deserve role model status.

Whenever I visit the Veterans Hospital in Shreveport, I am overwhelmed at the personal sacrifice our soldiers have made for me and my country. I feel undeserving to walk with them. Unfortunately, we don’t always show enough gratitude and thankfulness for those who have and are serving our nation. I, for one, believe that more of our nation’s budget should go towards the care of our veterans.

Part of our responsibilities as Christians is to give honor to whom honor is due (1 Timothy 5:17). Without question, our veterans deserve our praise and thanks. Whenever you encounter veterans, thank them for their service and let them know that you are praying for them. Be willing to give up your seat or your place in line to our American military personnel.

In whatever way you can, fulfill the command of Scripture and show them honor. By doing so, you will be a blessing to those who have served and to our heavenly Father.

Allen Tilley is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Carthage.