How about a little trivia for starters? Did you know Veteran’s Day was originally called “Armistice Day?”
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” – Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President 1913-1921
I know a lot of my readers have worn our country’s uniform. I have floated the idea out there in years past of asking you to let me list your name on Veteran’s Day just so I can give you a little much deserved, likely far overdue, recognition for your service to our country. I have typically received a lot of resistance from you service men and women who I am fortunate enough to have as readers when I have in the past reached out with the request to list your name in a post on Veteran’s Day or the 4th of July. You’re always very polite but adamant in your refusal. You say you don’t want that kind of attention, that it wouldn’t be appropriate since you were just doing your duty. Many of you even try to downplay the importance of what you have done for your country as a result of your service. I respectfully disagree, but I also respect your wishes.
That being said, I won’t be naming you by name in this post, but I would appreciate your allowing me to express my thanks and that of my family for your service to our nation for your contributions to our FREEDOM. And if you say I’m overdoing it because you just “did your duty” or that you weren’t in harms way during your service, may I ask you to go back and re-read the oath you took when you joined the armed forces? Did it not say that you basically were committing to give your life for your country if necessary? That’s pretty significant in my estimation.
If you’d do like to read more about why I feel so strongly about Veteran’s Day, you may do so here. I’d appreciate it, in fact.
And if you are a veteran and are reading this, my apologies if such recognition makes you uncomfortable, but please know your service is something my family appreciates greatly. Lest we forget…
There can be no real peace while one American is dying somewhere in the world for the rest of us.” – Ronald Reagan