With the overwhelming media attention and firestorm that proceeded the 2016 Election, it's important to remain aware and appreciative of the celebration of those who made it possible for us citizens to enjoy (and lament in) a free Republic...
According to an article published by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Veteran's Day is derived from the events of World War II (for those who need to brush up on their history):
Despite the fact that the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France... fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
My late grandfather served in the U.S. Army. He was married to my grandmother, but he was deployed to North Korea and served there until he was honorably discharged. He returned home to start his small business, raise a family of six children and be a loving part of the North Country community.
Given the polarization caused by Donald Trump being elected as President of the United States, increased anxiety and frustration has caused people on both sides of the political spectrum to lash out against those with whom they do not agree. There is fear and oppression on both sides.
It was a great relief to see that, in spite of this media frenzy, many people and organizations took time to give a shout out to veterans to thank them for their service. Unfortunately, as it happens every year, there were others who spoke negatively of veterans and soldiers of the Armed Forces. What people don't realize is that there is a difference between protesting war and demeaning the soldiers who fight them.
One truth will always remain: even if you oppose the Commander-in-Chief, war or any aspect of the Armed Forces, know that your right to do so, to freely express your opinions without fear of government oppression, is solely derived from the sacrifices made by the men and women of our country. It may sound like the same corny line your parents and elders say, but it's true.
So if you haven't already done it this Veterans Day, take time to thank a friend, family member or veteran you know for their service. It's the least any of us can do.