“Freedom is not free.” It never was.

Poppi was a good one to remind us of those words. Every year on November 11, we celebrate Poppi’s service — and the lives of the men and women who served our country. We think of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. All in the name of freedom. We think of the years Poppi spent serving his country.

This is the first Veterans Day without Poppi. The shock hit me as I stared at the words on his gravestone, “Beloved Poppi.” Thank you for serving our country, beloved Poppi. Thank you for reminding us that freedom is not free.