First called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the Great War (or The War to End All Wars, which was then later renamed World War 1 because it did not end all wars), today is November 11th, Veterans Day, where we commemorate all those who have worn the uniform to protect the United States, both past and present.
I found a short video at History.com that explains a little bit about Veterans Day. It is located here, or you may just watch that video below.
Many communities will hold parades and public ceremonies to honor those who serve, and those who have served. For the past several years, I’ve tried to get out and attend at least one ceremony in at least one of my nearby communities, but this year, I will just spend time at home. No disrespect intended at all, of course. I just want to spend a little time this year, reflecting.
This past Thursday would have been my Dads 82nd birthday. He was in the Air Force after the Korean War ended and before the Vietnam War started.
His Dad, my grandfather, also served our country. He was a radio man, and I remember seeing a picture of him, carrying a huge backpack chock full of batteries and radio equipment and an antenna that stuck way up in the air. I was just a little kid when I saw that photo. Today, I wish I had a copy of it.
On my Mothers side of the family, I have grandparents and Uncles who have served our country.
Today, a couple of my nephews are currently on active duty. One is state side, but the other is… well, I just don’t really know where he is right now. I guess I probably should ask my sister where her son is.
If you have served, or are currently serving, in our Armed Forces, I, and a grateful nation, thank you for your service, and sacrifice, to help keep our country free.