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Veterans Day-Thankful For Those Who Fought For Our Freedom

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Thank you Veterans for your service

Today is Veterans Day in the United States. A day for honoring the men and women of our armed service.

Veterans Day is to honor the living veterans amongst us. (As opposed to Memorial Day offering honor to those who have given their lives for their country.) Every time I see a flag, I think of the service my dad and others gave for this great country of ours. Each time I see a man in uniform, I thank them for their service. But veterans do not wear their uniforms, except on special occasions for the most part.

The son of a military man, I learned the values of who they were and what they stood for. Regardless of whether you believe they ought to have been €œover there€ or not, it is a time to value the men and women of our country.

I know we have a lot going on in America, but I think it is important that we pray, as well as do what we can for these men and women. Many of them have made the sacrifice in their bodies, their families, and their communities. These folks are our €œfamily€ and our community. We need to do what we can. My father never really adapted well to life outside of the military. A disabled veteran, he €œfought€ long after the war was over. Many of these young men and women are struggling because of injury and pain.

Our communities have the opportunity to be €œbetter€ because of their lives in service. Our opportunity is not to dedicate a day, but use our influence and support to help these folks make the re-entry.

For the veterans of our region and across this wonderful nation…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Years ago I read a news blog wrote this. …the most productive thing anyone outside the military can do is actually very simple and easy, they say: Strike up a conversation with a veteran. Get to know one of them in a meaningful way. There is a wide cultural gap between Americans who have no relationship with the Armed Forces and those who’ve served their country. Closing that gap is as necessary as it is long overdue.

I agree. I do not want to take away from this honorable holiday. My dad was military. I wrote this article and many others on the subject of Veterans. I hope you will take the time to read them.

Thank a veteran. Thank someone who has been there. Laid down their lives to allow you freedom.

Men and women who have walked where you may be walking or where you desire to walk. And truly if they believe in what they did and why they did, they want you to go beyond where they were. I assure you my dad did not take bullets and shrapnel so his sons and daughter could go get shot up on some beach in the South Pacific. I am sure my friends who have suffered at the hands of the enemy are not wishing that on you or your family.

My grandchildren always want to know about €œwhat it was like€ being a child. Part of my writing is sharing histories, challenges, and overcoming. The other day we spoke sincerely about drugs. About roadmaps for the future. They will ask about wars and Watergate. About presidents and famous people.

Veterans of war sit there with tears in their eyes as they recollect fallen comrades, difficult times. But, oh to see a Berlin Wall fall!

Tell it to the children. Tell it to a generation. Share your faith. Let us destroy the lies of the past. Lies, deceptions, and challenges.

Today, thank a veteran. Thank those who have fought for our country. Your freedoms. And then look around the spiritual landscape and be thankful for those who have established His presence.

History

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was €œdedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as €˜Armistice Day.’€ As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress €” at the urging of the veterans service organizations €” amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word €œArmistice€ and inserting the word €œVeterans.€ With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

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