World War 1 officially ended at 11am on November 11, 1918. That day is known around the world as Armistice Day in memory of those who served in “the war to end all wars”. Since war did not, in fact, end there, the United States now celebrates all the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have ever served in uniform and anyone who served as an ally alongside them. It was expanded, here in the States, to celebrate all the Veterans.
That is how today became Veterans’ Day.
It’s been said that no one returns home from war without scars of some kind. It is also said that a person’s family serves, too, in a fashion by giving up peace of mind and the presence of their loved one. Those are years a parent, a spouse, or a child can never get back.
Few ever joined fight because they believe in war itself; almost all of them are fighting to bring about peace. They fight because their fellow citizens asked them to and they felt a need to defend their neighbors and their way of life. Let us, then, be the best citizens and neighbors we can, and let us never call upon the military to do what we are simply too lazy or rushed to do by diplomacy. Let us never send a human into harm’s way without careful deliberation and planning.
Be thankful for the service of our veterans by working to ensure that they have the support and the resources they need to make the most of their lives when they come home. Be thankful by being careful to criticize the mission and not the soldier. Be thankful by seeing that the next generation sees less war in their lifetime than we have.
To everyone who has served and to the families that sacrificed to support our service members, thank you.
May we honor your service by never committing a soldier, seaman, airman, or marine to solve what a politician, a diplomat, or civil servant should have prevented.