Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a day set aside to remember those who have served their country in the Armed Forces. It is also a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. We owe a tremendous debt to these fine Americans.
Today, all around the world, men and women are serving proudly. They are in harm’s way. They need our prayers.
Each of us have our “war stories” to tell. Some of those stories have grieved us deeply and will never be told. We recall the hero’s and the everyday “Joe’s” who faithfully served without complaining or causing a ruckus. We remember that one person who lead by example and caused others to follow their lead. Sadly, we will also remember the battle fields on which our comrades in arms died.
Why do we serve? Many reasons could be mentioned. In the beginning it was to defend family, homes, freedom from and oppressive government, and freedom to worship freely. We then codified these freedoms in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. So we fight to protect these freedoms.
The Armed Forces of today is a volunteer organization. Men and women make a conscience choice to defend their country. Some do several years while others make the Armed Forces their career.
When you come across a “Vet” today say “Thank you for your service.” And if you are one of those “Vets” let me be the first to say “Thank you for your service.” You are special people who love this country called the United States of America.
Tom Stearns, United States Army, Retired