World War 1 officially ended at 11am on November 11, 1918. That day, known as Armistice Day, is celebrated around the globe 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.
That is how today became Veterans’ Day.
In remembrance, let us be committed to peace with the same fervor with which they committed to battle, for they did not fight to glorify war itself, but in an earnest effort to protect peace and freedom for all of us at home. Let us 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.