It’s a day to honor those who have served in our military, yes, but it is also a day when many American civilians enjoy a holiday from their labors.

But whether one chooses work or rest on this day, one truth remains: there would be no national holiday, nor would there be the freedom to work and be productive, without the sacrifice of our veterans – now and in the future.

Case in point: Cadet Colin Mansfield will graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in May 2014. As with all who serve he endured an age-old tradition called boot camp – where new recruits have their civilian parts disassembled – and their newly issued G.I. parts assembled.