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Volunteers Honor Veterans

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. With all the news about the economy, stock market and election, sometimes it’s easy to forget we’re fighting not one, but two wars. We must remember that while worries about finances, employment, and home values are very real, there are men and women putting themselves in danger day in and day out.

I came across this story on CNN and it brought me to tears. I remember how I was in the Atlanta airport for two days around Thanksgiving last year (no, I was not stuck but there for our annual Thanksgiving Task Force) and every time a flight of our military men and women arrived, they were greeted with cheers and applause. It was extremely moving and I was so happy to read today that this is done at airports all around the country.

I know a lot of you will be traveling through airports in the coming weeks. If you see a man or woman in uniform, welcome them home. Or if they’re on their way back to service, thank them and wish them well. I bet it would mean a lot.

And if you know a veteran of a past war, take a moment to say thank you. I will say a big thank you to my favorite vet — my dad, who was in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Thank you Dad! I love you.

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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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Michelle
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What a nice post! I saw this story on CNN this morning and I just stopped and watched. It was really well done, and a great tribute to everyone making sacrifices on the other side of the world right now–and to everyone helping here at home.

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