Happy Veterans’ Day!
Happy Veterans’ Day to all my brothers- and sisters-in-arms who have served or are serving in the US armed forces. May God bless and keep you and yours.
The following note is a reposted note I first saw on Veterans Court Facebook account.
Veterans Day 2010, What does it really mean?
by Veterans Courts on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 9:44pm
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States.
From the fields and forests of war-torn Europe to the jungles of Southeast Asia, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, brave patriots have protected our Nation’s ideals, rescued millions from tyranny, and helped spread freedom around the globe. America’s veterans answered the call when asked to protect our Nation from some of the most brutal and ruthless tyrants, terrorists, and militaries the world has ever known.
Veterans Day finds us, once again, as a nation at war. The conflict began with a direct attack on the United States. After ten years, the war goes on, but never again has the battle returned to American soil. We are safer than we were on September 11th. And we remain today as we have been for 234 years: A free people, worthy of our freedom, and determined to protect this great nation founded under God.
There is no mystery behind the endurance and the success of American liberty. It is because in every generation, from the Revolutionary period to this very hour, brave Americans have stepped forward and served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States. Every one of them deserves the thanks and the admiration of our entire country.
Military service demands a special kind of sacrifice. The places where you live and serve the risk you face the people you deal with every day — all of these are usually decided by someone else. For the time you spend in uniform, the interests of the nation must always come first. And those duties are shared by family members who make many sacrifices of their own, face separation during deployments and sometimes bear extreme and permanent loss.
Military service brings rewards as well. There is the pride of developing one’s character and becoming a leader, serving a cause far greater than any self-interest and knowing that our nation’s cause is the hope of the world. Every man and woman who wears America’s uniform is part of a long, unbroken line of achievement and honor. No single military power in history has done greater good, shown greater courage, liberated more people, or upheld higher standards of decency and valor than the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
That is a legacy to be proud of, and those who contributed to it must never be taken for granted. To honor our veterans, we must keep the promises we have made to them. We must care for those who have been injured in the service of our country. We must honor and remember those who have died. And we must remember those whose fate is still undetermined. We fly the POW flag on Veterans Day for a reason: This nation will not relent until we have accounted for every last one of our missing Americans.
They stood tall in the face of grave danger and enabled our Nation to become the greatest force for freedom in human history. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have answered a high calling to serve and have helped secure America at every turn.
Our country is forever indebted to our veterans for their quiet courage and exemplary service. We also remember and honor those who laid down their lives in freedom’s defense. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our benefit.
On Veterans Day, we remember these heroes for their valor, their loyalty, and their dedication. Their selfless sacrifices continue to inspire us today as we work to advance peace and extend freedom around the world.
What does Veterans Day mean to you? We welcome you to add your thoughts and comments about Veterans Day, about people who serve or have served in the U.S. Military.
President Woodrow Wilson said, To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.
In 1954, after having been through World War I, 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 “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veteran’s Day is a time when all of us who have served can wear our colors and be proud of what we were no matter where or when we were in or what our job were while we were serving. Each of us was a part of a whole and we were all very important to our Nation’s Mission. The best of all is that we are a part of a select group of people…we are veterans! Let’s be proud and tell our stories, there are people who really want to know. ‘
From one veteran to all, I salute you all!! We should honor ourselves’ for keeping our flag free and secure, we are the courageous men and women who fought and died for the idealism of liberty and freedom for all. I thank you my brothers/sisters-in-arms for not being selfish with your lives and believing in our nation’s freedom.
And, for those in the tomb of the unknowns, thank you for the historical significance you’ve made. We will celebrate and honor our unknown American veterans of all wars and for their patriotism, love of nation, and sacrifice you and your families have made for the common good of our nation.
May we laugh, cry and remember on this day, November 11th, our experiences and memories. It was the veteran, who saluted our flag, who served under our flag and who will be remembered under our nation’s flag.
Veterans Day to me is one of the most significant and memorable days of the year. It causes me to pause and reflect on my own service time, my buddies whom I miss all the time, my family’s collection of Veterans, and thanking all those who have ever served to protect this country. Veterans Day this year is even more significant when we have young men and women on the line fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and other remote regions of the world.
An entire new generation of Veterans is coming up through the hard fought wages of war. Veterans Day to them will mean as much if not more than it does to us… for their world, their time, their wars are truly global in nature. God bless them all. God bless all who have served and shall serve in the future. ‘
They say the soldier did not think of himself a hero; he believed the heroes were of the soldiers who died in battle. Take a few minutes this Veteran’s Day to thank a Veteran and light a candle for those serving our country around the world and in harm’s way
Many of those heroes rest in places like Anzio and Arlington. Yet so many of them are still with us as friends, as neighbors and colleagues! They are America’s veterans, and they are still the pride of our nation. They have fought our wars, defended our shores and kept us free.
May God keep us ever grateful for their service!
We Will Never Forget! GOD Bless all of our Veterans and Troops all around the world.
Richard U.S. Army
Combat Veteran (Retired 22 Years)
Veterans Courts Nationwide
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