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CLINE: Giving thanks doesn't take a special day

We’re getting closer to the day known for giving thanks, and like most of us I realize I should do so much more often. But before we get to turkey day, there’s another holiday that should have us counting our blessings.

Veterans Day is Thursday, a day to be thankful if there ever was one. The Daily Post will celebrate the day by hosting a sold-out concert by the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus at the Gwinnett Center. It’s a chance to show your patriotism and appreciation for the men and women who serve and have served our country.

Maynard documentary

• What: A film about Kyle Maynard, a Collins Hill grad, congenital amputee and mixed martial arts fighter

• When: Thursday; 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic.

You can do the same by literally giving thanks to any veterans you know. Too often we forget how good we have it, and the freedom we have because of those brave men and women probably tops the list.

That’s why I was so impressed with our Sunday centerpiece featuring filmmaker Takashi Doscher and former Collins Hill High School wrestler Kyle Maynard. Doscher made a documentary chronicling Maynard, a congenital amputee, and his pursuit of competing in a mixed martial arts fight.

The film, called “A Fighting Chance,” is airing on ESPN on Veterans Day at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic. The movie not only shows Maynard prepping for an MMA fight but also highlights his involvement with disabled veterans. A motivational speaker, Maynard has spent a lot of time working with the Wounded Warriors Project, the USO and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. And proceeds from sales of the DVD, to be released at a later date, are earmarked for those groups.

It is another way of giving thanks to veterans. And Maynard, who has achieved amazing things in his life, is the perfect example to disabled veterans who may doubt what they can do after their injuries.

Said Maynard: “For someone who has gone through Iraq or Afghanistan and has lost a limb, it’s less about stepping into a cage and fighting someone ... But it’s more about how he’s going to live his life.”

It’s that attitude that reminds me of how thankful I should be, both this week and every other one.

E-mail Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Wednesdays.