Inspired to persevere

August 28, 2022


Nikki Sisson

Veterans explore the Korean War Memorial during the Veteran Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 26.

It is 9 p.m. on Aug. 27, and I’m sitting in the back of the hotel bar/restaurant with a bunch of military veterans.

For me personally, this trip has been an incredible experience and I cannot believe it has all really happened as I’m sitting in the back of the hotel restaurant, listening to the veterans converse, writing this. I have spoken to so many amazing people, who inspired me to persevere through any situation. These men and women have taught me to be thankful and appreciative for every opportunity and chance you get, as it is all worth it. 

As I run laps up and down the halls 1 a.m. to stay awake — I’m on deadline, after all — I can’t help but think of how tired we will be tomorrow, as we still have more work to do. But I know it is all worth it to share this experience and tell everyone’s story. So, I take one more lap and head back into my hotel room, so our team can finish our work.

And, as the veterans would say, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

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