"All gave some... Some gave all."

On my birthday, a casual outing became a moving moment as we paused to acknowledge America's heroes.

The "Faces of Freedom" Veteran's Memorial was dedicated in 2008 in the small Central Coast community of Atascadero, California - population 28,000. The Memorial Foundation created the memorial to remember our veterans and honor those who serve today.

faces of freedom"The 'Faces of Freedom' sculpture is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the American military. The statue is a timeline that represents the selfless service of our military since the beginning of World War I to the present.

At the far right of the sculpture and 'on point' is a figure that represents the modern day Marine/soldier: leading, vigilant, committed. He is 'joined at the hip' to a Desert Storm soldier who in turn is lending aid to a stricken Vietnam hero. Beyond and behind these figures proudly waves the American flag. Emblazoned with the many faces of those men and women who have valiantly secured and protected our nation's freedoms. We are grateful that their commitment and sacrifice like the threads of our flag unites us all as Americans.

faces of freedomOn the side of the statue is the head of the bald eagle, part of the great seal of the United States. It not only signifies strength and power, but as a reminder of those who have given so much that we might live free."

For more views of this beautiful memorial, please see this video provided by the foundation.

Does your small town honor our veterans? How do you honor our service members - past and present?

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#IBelieveThatWeWillWin. Now the calling card of the US National Men's Soccer Team. But, its origins are rooted in the Army-Navy football rivalry. Fitting.

Let's celebrate with a patriotic giveaway.

I’ve said it before and it’s worth saying again: my time at West Point changed me. From the cadets to the officers, enlisted soldiers to military spouses, my years at the United States Military Academy were an experience of a lifetime.

Here are five lessons I carry with me everyday:

Written by Brenda Guyader — June 03, 2014

Alejandro Villanueva & Andy Guyader

Alejandro Villanueva – Army soldier and NFL prospect – is making a splash across America. From ESPN to CBS This Morning, media is lining up to learn more about this Army Ranger, this Bronze Star recipient, this three-tour veteran, this decorated hero.

But before the recent headlines, before the tours, even before he was a commissioned officer, I’ve known Alejandro Villanueva simply, and appropriately, as “Ali.”

Written by Brenda Guyader — May 12, 2014

Thank you to those who currently serve, those who have served and thank you to all of their families! Here is a list of just a few nationwide businesses thanking you with free goodies this Veterans Day (I focused on the ones I enjoy most...)