Only Veterans Should Get Veterans Day Off
The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine, and they noted to me that their local library would be closed on Veterans Day. She told me that she knows everyone that works in the library, and only one person is a veteran. That’s interesting isn’t it? So why is the library closed? All the people there are not veterans, they are merely the beneficiaries of the blood, sweat, and tears which our veterans have provided us in this great civilization of ours. Then, she asked me a very interesting question;
Why does everyone get to have a day off on Veterans Day?
She then mentioned that she didn’t believe it wasn’t fair that everyone got the day off on Veterans Day. Indeed, I told here; “I like your idea about that holiday only being for veterans, and no one else gets the day off. That actually makes a lot of sense to me.”
You see, the other day I was at an air show, and the air show host noted that Veterans Day was coming up soon the following weekend. He said to the crowd; “please stand up if you are a veteran or an active-duty member of the military of any branch.” It was amazing the number of people who stood up, and everyone gave them a round of applause which they surely deserve. Amongst the ground displays were World War II aircraft, Korean War aircraft, Vietnam vintage aircraft, and even modern-day fighter planes, they types used in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It was great to see them honored and recognized amongst the crowd in this way. Next, the announcer said; “if you have a family member who is a veteran or in the active-duty in any branch of the military please stand up.” I was amazed, there were so very few people still sitting down. We have a great country, a great country indeed. Still, isn’t Veterans Day their day, and if it is, how come everyone gets the day off, even those people who protested wars, or voted for candidates who are against our military and armed forces?
For a good many people, I suppose they will take Veterans Day off, have a barbecue, and not even stop for 5 minutes to reflect all of those great Americans who have risked their lives, or even died in the cause to preserve our country, or to protect the free world on our behalf. If you are going to take Veterans Day off, then maybe you should spend the day thanking everyone you know who is a veteran, inviting them over to your barbecue – they damn well deserve it. Please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Military Technologies. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net
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