What really is Veterans Day? It isn’t just another “day off”…….So, what do we actually know about this important day?
Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Every family in America has someone they know who served this country….at some point in history.
It is a day to honor veterans of all wars. A few facts: Veterans Day originally was established to honor the end of World War I (November 11, 1918). This was a day…… “dedicated to the cause of world peace,” celebrated and known as Armistice Day. It was established to honor World War I veterans. World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars. In 1954, November 11th, this day of honor became Veterans Day.
The cause of world peace didn’t become a reality. Conflicts continued engaging generation after generation of men and women throughout the years in service to their country. Veterans Day is a time to put all politics aside, discord with one another, and focus on the bravery of those who served. It is their day.
My family was well represented in the military throughout every generation. Today, I honor, salute each and every one for their dedication to this country.
My Daddy was in the Army and he wore the uniform with such style, grace, and he was as handsome as Cary Grant. He actually had his uniforms tailor-made to fit him as sleek and steadfast as he was. Always strikingly attractive and debonaire even in a war zone!
My families military legacy goes back generations, including the civil war – on both sides, of course. I proudly say thank you to the brave men of my family who served their country. My Grandfather, Army, in WWI. Daddy’s two brothers, Army, served during World War II. My Mother’s brother served in the Navy. Daddy’s son, Del Jr., the Coast Guard.
I have had the privilege to know many honorable military service men and women throughout these past years. When I was young, I met General Creighton Abrams the United States General who commanded military operations during the Vietnam War. He later served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He gave to his country unconditionally, and he gave immeasurable kindness to a young girl far from home.
Later, in life, I would meet “The Colonel.” I acknowledge his unwavering dedication, honor his commitment of a lifetime of military service, and his never-ending commitment to leadership.
Veterans Day is a Holiday of reflection and thanks. Take the time to see – really see — someone who has been in service to our country, and acknowledge their giving and sacrifices. Give a simple greeting of…..”Thank you for your service.” It will mean the world.
To All Those Who Served, Thank You. Happy Veterans Day!