Veterans Day.

If I were my own best friend I would remind myself to say “thank you” to a veteran on Veterans Day.

November 11th – Veterans Day

A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Thank you for all you have given.

***It is Veterans Day today. A national holiday that has its beginnings back in 1919, following the end of World War I. Veterans Day as we know it today has undergone some changes over the years, but the sentiment has remained the same. It is a celebration of the men and women who have served and sacrificed for this country throughout the years. 

I know that the military efforts which are going on today are a highly charged political landscape I do not want to touch in this blog – people have very strong opinions for or against whether or not we should be at war. My purpose today is not to talk about those. Instead it is to simply say “thank you” to the men and women of today and yesterday who have served and sacrificed for this country. 

Last year I was fortunate enough to be in Washington DC on Veterans Day. It was a beautiful, clear fall day and I had the opportunity to walk from the Lincoln memorial to Arlington cemetery. The leaves had just started turning golden on the trees, the grass was still a rich green, and the sky was perfectly blue. I followed a large crowd of people throughout the cemetery, up the hills, to the Tomb of the Unknowns. There were hundreds of people standing and watching, paying homage. The changing of the guard took place and during the ceremony men who had served in previous wars slowly made their way out onto the platform to bear witness. It was late in the afternoon, shadows were long, the sky was heading towards dusk, and an American flag fluttered in the distance due to a light breeze. I will not soon forget that Veterans Day. I will remember the colors, the hundreds of people, the changing of the guard, and the amazing silence of everyone there, paying their respects. 

Please think about saying thank you today to those you know who have served. 

If you are curious about further history regarding Veterans Day this website through the VA has a nice brief overview:   http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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