“Armistice Day,” established to commemorate the end of World War I, by signing of the armistice on the 11th day, of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, evolved into our current Veteran’s Day. Our country has set aside this date, November 11, to honor American veterans of all wars. And we should.
Our service men and women make huge sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Whether you agree or disagree with the missions they are sent upon, you must respect, honor and appreciate their willingness to put their lives on the line for all American citizens.
It breaks my heart to see veterans that are not being shown the proper respect, compassion, and admiration they so richly deserve. I think we can do better.
My life was changed forever when I went on an USO tour with the Air Force Reserve Band to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006. On one stop of the tour I met several wonderful service men who were being entertained and having a great time during a brief respite. On a subsequent stop, days later, I met many of the same group, grievously injured, some missing limbs, as they arrived at a military hospital.
They were so brave! I could never begin to express the profound mixture of sadness, heartache, and pride I felt greeting each one as they came through a set of double doors. One soldier, missing his legs, saw me and sat up, calling for my autograph to give to his mother, a fan. Can you imagine? I spent more time with this remarkable young man, praying with him and calling his mom on his behalf. We have remained in-touch since.
Please, take some time to thank a veteran today. Buy a “buddy” poppy, shake a hand, give a hug. We owe them so much more; a simple but heartfelt “Thank You” is the very least we can do.
Veterans, you are appreciated. You are honored. You are respected. Thank you and God bless.