Like many Americans, athletes have personal connections to those in the military. Some are family or friends from childhood, while others are strangers they have befriended. Those connections are on display on Twitter as the nation marks Veterans Day by honoring and remembering the men and women who served, past and present.
There's Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick, who posted this photo of his grandfather:
Happy Veterans Day to all but a special thank you to my grandfather Arnie Reddick pic.twitter.com/4kMnmGAqvT— Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) November 11, 2013
Just like the rest of us, athletes took time to thank family members who served. Kara Lawson, of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun and ESPN, offered this to her father, a former Marine.
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to those who have served our country, especially my dad. #SemperFi— Kara Lawson (@karalawson20) November 11, 2013
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers used Twitter to honor his brother.
I want to wish my big brother bigsix9 a happy Veterans Day! Proud of you and I love you http://t.co/f4O92maeTr— Da'Quan Bowers (@DaQuanBowers91) November 11, 2013
So did Myers Leonard of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Many athletes tweeted Veterans Day messages simply expressing their gratitude to veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen. Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen posted this photo of his son Tate paying respect to the U.S. flag.
Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox showed his gratitude to veterans with this photo from Fenway Park.
Many athletes have connections with current military personnel, having met them at sporting events or visited them at bases here and overseas or in military hospitals. Such a visit made a big impression on former NFL linebacker Takeo Spikes.
Veterans Day traces its roots to the end of World War I and is a holiday in many of the nations whose soldiers fought and died in that war. Patrick Mills of the San Antonio Spurs is from Australia, which, like the United Kingdom and nations of the British Commonwealth, pays tribute to its military every Nov. 11 as Remembrance Day.
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