Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day — a date America has set aside to honor the men and women who have served our country’s military. It’s a time for all of us to take an extra moment to consider the sacrifices millions of Americans have made for the past 237 years.

From the brave Patriots who answered the call to secure our Country’s independence, to the men and women protecting our liberty and honor in the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of Afghanistan, and around the world today, we should never forget those who have kept us free.

But it is more than the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen we need to think about. The sacrifices of their families — husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, and children — are all too often overlooked.

So on this Veterans Day, let us take a moment to remember that our freedom isn’t — and has never been — free. Remember the REALTORS® who have served in our military, and the friends and families they left behind while protecting our country.

Be sure to thank those who have served on the front lines or on the home front. A smile, a handshake, a simple thank you note, or a phone call can mean a lot. It is, after all, the least we owe them.