11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is history’s marker denoting the end of the Great War and the day our nation once again stood at peace. We now recognize this day as Veterans Day.
“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,” declared President Woodrow Wilson on November 11th, 1919.
Veterans Day is about honoring the millions of American Veterans, living and deceased, and expressing our thankfulness for their service to our country. These Veterans fought for our freedom and bore the costs of America’s wars to ensure we are at peace.
As we honor all of our Veterans on this day, let us pause and think about what it means to be a VETERAN….only a seven letter word, but one that holds tremendous significance. They are patriots and heroes who have shown bravery, strength, compassion, and commitment, as they fought selflessly for our country and freedom.
As our country’s true heroes, they should be our most respected and entitled citizens. They have put their lives in danger and have witnessed horrific acts, all for our country’s freedom. They have taken significant risks and made serious sacrifices to fight for America. They stood in harm’s way on foreign soil, witnessed battles unfold before their eyes, and crossed enemy lines towards the threat of imminent death.
Their commitment to sacrifice for their country – and for the freedom we enjoy – sets them apart from all others. Regardless of the length of their service, where they were deployed, the number and severity of the injuries they have sustained, or the branch in which they served, they are all to be equally commended for their contributions in pursuit of a cause greater than self. This pursuit, which led them to endure countless hardships during and after their service, accomplished lasting freedom for America.
There are no days, tributes, thank-yous, praise or words that can match the magnitude of service and sacrifice from our veterans. The next time you meet a veteran, reach for their hand and thank them for their service. Give them the recognition they deserve.
May God bless each and every Veteran not only today, but every day.