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It's Veteran's Day!




It's Veterans Day 2009. We have been celebrating this day for 90 years now. Formerly known as "Armistice Day" and in many places called "Remembrance Day", it is the anniversary that memorializes and commemorates the end of World War I when the Armistice Treaty was signed on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918, thus ending "The War To End All Wars." It later became a day to celebrate the service and lives of all Veterans of every war as, sadly, the Great War did not in fact end all wars.

There are so many heroes. So many losses. So much pride and so much grief. So much sacrifice and so much gratefulness too. We are grateful to all of the men and women who have served previously or are now serving to protect us so selflessly and we say thank you to all of them on Veterans Day.

There will, of course, be parades, barbecues, memorials, reunions and dedications both public and private. There will be an abundance of military, religious, spiritual and family rituals occurring on this Veterans Day as there have been for the past 9 decades. We love our veterans and we honor them in this way.

In his book, "The First World War," Martin Gilbert said this:

"All wars end up being reduced to statistics, strategies, debates about their origins and results. These debates about war are important, but not more important than the human story of those who fought in them."

On Veterans Day I like to take a moment to reflect not only upon the human stories of those who fought, but of those they had to leave behind to do so. Their families. The fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, wives and husbands, children, and sweethearts who are left at home to carry on without them. You who stay behind to raise the children, to guide them spiritually, to provide for them emotionally and physically. You comfort the grieving, share the anxiety and the loneliness, await the good news or the bad news, knowing that you yourselves are charged with protecting and sustaining the day-to-day business that is life while your loved one is away. You are the unsung heroes of this Veterans Day for me. You somehow find the strength and the courage to preserve and protect the home that your hero will one day come back to and I salute you for this.

I salute your bravery, your sacrifice, your steadfastness and your commitment to your family, your God, your country, to freedom and justice. You too are heroes to me.

I just wanted to say thank you.
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Post on Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:11 pm by Cali

kh...you are so right on. I have so much respect for all of our Veterans. I also commend you for referencing the military families who have always had to make sacrifices.
We wait, we hope, we worry, always.
God Bless America. God Bless Our Troops And Their Families.

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Post on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:31 pm by Justice4all

I respect all the Veterans and their families who had to make so many sacrifices. I agree that wars are so much more than statistics. Many young men and women are out there risking their lives. The sacrifice that their families make is often overlooked. Military spouses have to run the entire household by themselves and worry whether their husband or wife will come home alive.

Thank you to all the Veterans and their families.

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Post on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:43 pm by eva

Well said kh. And I second what Justice4all has said, "Thank you to all the Veterans and their families".

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Post on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:58 pm by Piper

What a beautiful tribute, kh. It is the human factor, the families that worry, wait and unfortunately left to grieve, and carry on. That is not written in the history books. As you say, they are the unsung heroes as well.

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Post on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:23 am by Julie

Thank You to all the Veterans!

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Post on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:59 am by Piper

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Post on Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:17 pm by khintx

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Post on Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:12 pm by eva

To all veterans, all their familes, all their friends.... hug

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Post on Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:55 am by jimamily

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