Today is no ordinary day, but instead one rich with history; a day in which we honor those who enlisted in the armed forces to protect America and her citizens.

Dating back to 1919, when President Wilson Woodrow declared it Armistice Day, November 11 has always saluted those who served in the armed forces. Whether it was the front lines or the medical tent, whether they were stationed abroad or holding down the home front, all veterans willingly made sacrifices to ensure American freedoms.

Chances are, we all know at least one person who served in a military branch. As of 2013, there were nearly 20 million veterans living in the United States.

So today, be sure to thank the veteran (or veterans) in your life. It’s a day when personal beliefs and politics can truly be put aside, and we can all unite in showing appreciation towards the individuals who volunteered to keep us safe.