On Veterans’ Day, we all take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served. They have protected our country and preserved our freedoms.

Many of our veterans continue to serve their country by working for numerous causes, including Team Rubicon, which sends veterans to assist first responders in disaster zones, such as the tremendous loss we’re seeing in the Philippines in the wake of Supertyphoon Haiyan. On the local level, Governor Deval Patrick declared November “Hire a Veteran” month in the Commonwealth to help employ the men and women who have served.

We’re grateful for the service of every American veteran, but one in particular stands out for us. SM& CEO Helene Solomon’s father is a distinguished veteran of World War II. His ship was hit the day after the bombing of Nagasaki. This picture is from a Memorial Day ceremony in New York. 

Is there a special veteran in your life? Let us know in the comments.