Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Real-life stories are not always this straightforward, but the storyline is the same. Men and women, risking and often giving their lives for their friends, for their teammates, for our country.

This Friday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Just as we celebrate birthdays, religious holidays and anniversaries, it is important for us to celebrate America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. The National Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. It will begin with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

As our military leaders gather on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, may we, too, pause for a moment from our daily lives to give thanks to our veterans.

While our 24 million veterans might not wear the cool Captain America uniform, they have all demonstrated their willingness to put their lives on the line for us and for our great country.

They, too, are Super Heroes.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.