Thank you, Veterans!


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Today we celebrate our veterans. It’s Veteran’s Day. No school. Sales in all of the stores. TV ads screaming at us to buy, buy, buy. Ads popping up on our computers telling us what we’ve shopped for and what we need right now! But wait a minute. Veteran’s Day is a shopping day?

Thank you, Veterans!

Think about what the day is about. Veterans. Men and women who have fought for our country. Men and women who have left their homes, their jobs, their children—their normal lives—to protect our country and, therefore us. They go half way around the world  or to keep people in other countries safe and, hopefully, free. They are men and women who are willing to die for us. Millions HAVE have died for us.

The Purpose of the Day

Here’s what Veteran’s Day (or Armistice Day as it was called originally) was intended to be:

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“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…” See http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

I urge you to read and reflect on those words.

I call on our politicians to read and reflect on those words.

 

 

 

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