Reflections on Veterans Day

Today’s guest blogger: Diana Miller

November 11th dawns cool and crisp. Pink hues ripple across the sky creating a concert all their own. It’s another day, like so many before it, or is it? My day will reflect the same basic schedule outside of the fact that there will be more kids home; which will ensue a different noise level as they excitedly enjoy a brief retreat from school. Other than that my day will be like every other, comfortable and as predictable as the changing sky.

So why should I think more about today than any other? What is Veterans Day anyhow? Why should countless and nameless  people provoke me to remembrance, reverence and honor on this day? Rhetorical questions, perhaps. I’ll ask you, have you given much thought to why you are celebrating this holiday? According to Websters dictionary, Veterans Day is the commemoration of the end of hostilities in 1918 (World War I) and 1945 (World War II). We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th because that was the day that the armistice was signed in 1918. We honor the men and women who served and sacrificed all to keep mad men from harming he world at large.

Our service men and women continue to choose a profession with full knowledge of the dangers and risks involved to keep our country and people around the world safe, preserving their rights and dignity from those who have chosen to disregard it and throw it away. They embody courage, facing fear and despair head on. Each day they choose to stand for freedom with their very lives, upholding an ideal that each person has a God-given right to be free.

I love that there are men and women who are willing to stand up for my freedom and those whom I love and care for though I am a nameless face to them. Their choice to defend their country, communities and neighbors bestows honor to us, and we in turn should bestow honor to them.

To each service member whether just enlisting, currently active, retired or a family member who has given the ultimate sacrifice, I solute you with honor, sincerity  and depth of heart, for what you do on behalf of each citizen in this great United States of America Thank you!

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