Some Thoughts on Veteran’s Day (Reader Post)

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Veterans should hold a place in our society that is special. I know that they hold a place in my heart. My father served in WWII with the Marines in the first invasion of Okinawa. He was 150 miles from the Japanese mainland when for the first time in his life he saw a mushroom cloud. Dad told me that his unit had already received orders to go the China coast in an effort to surround Japan. Thank God he did not have to go.

My younger brother served in the Navy during the first Gulf War. He was on a submarine tender and to this day, he could weld underwater. But as he says from his home in Arkansas, there isn’t a big call for that there.

I wanted to serve, but was deemed ineligible to serve because of my congenital heart defect. The Navy had tried to recruit me for their Nuclear Engineering program, and I often wonder how differently my life would have turned out, had I been able to serve.

A brief history of Veterans Day taken from va.gov – “In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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 nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Governmentbuildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

In 1954, Eisenhower altered Armistice Day by proclamation – “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

This change came about because of a store owner in Emporia, Kansas. A man named Al King wanted to celebrate all veterans, not just the World War I vets. He persuaded his Chamber of Commerce to get behind him on this, along with Emporia’s Board of Education. King turned to Republican U.S. Representative from Emporia, Ed Rees for assistance. Rees submitted the bill, causing Eisenhower to sign it into law, issuing the above proclamation.

As we fight this ongoing battle for freedom and liberty, we must take heart from that shoe store owner, Al King. One man and his idea, plus initiative and dedication DID make a difference. We can too. We owe it to all the veterans who gave their lives and sacrificed so that all Americans are free. They did not die, so that all Americans could become complacent. Freedom is worth fighting for and we must remember that were it not for those Americans that came before us, fighting and in many cases, dying for freedom, we would not even be able to have these discussions.

I want to leave you all with a poem by Joanna Fuchs:

To rule the world with violence
Is their one and only goal;
Terror is their method;
They want complete control.

We’ve seen it all before,
And we could not let it be;
We gave our lives for freedom,
For the world, and for you and me.

We fight all forms of oppression,
Helping victims far and near,
To keep the world from chaos,
To protect what we hold dear.

America’s the only country
That gives with its whole heart,
And asks so very little;
We always do our part.

So let’s unite again
To subdue our newest foe,
Whatever we must do,
Wherever we must go.

Let’s show the world once more
That America is blessed
With people who are heroes,
Who meet each and every test.

God Bless America, and God Bless our brave and valiant military.

Crossposted from Conservative Hideout 2.0

8 Responses to “Some Thoughts on Veteran’s Day (Reader Post)”

  1. 1

    FAITH7

    To ALL our Veterans – No words can ever express my gratitude…Thank you for continuing to fight for Freedom…yesterday…today and always… We Love You!!

    God Bless Our Veterans and their Families’!!
    God Bless America!!

  2. 3

    Brother Bob

    author

    Seriously, sock puppet known as “This One”? Maybe if the Democrats weren’t working so hard to destroy the job opportunities there wouldn’t be as much need for transfer payments to Vets or all other Americans?

  3. 4

    Skookum

    Our patriots have bled and died on beaches, in jungles, deserts, mountains, in the air, and on great oceans. Some died alone or in the arms of best friends. Some died in unspeakable agony and others were obliterated in the blink of an eye. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month is set aside to commemorate their sacrifice, but for me, it is not enough. Our WWII vets are disappearing in front of our eyes, many of those who are left, lied about their age to be 16 year old pilots or finished OCS as 19 year old lieutenants, who couldn’t wait to do their part. I love these guys and cherish their stories. Write down their stories and tell the young ones about the greatest generation.
    Consider every day to be Veteran’s Day and thank God, that such men once lived and that they still continue to step forward.

  4. 5

    Fran

    The oath that our vets take (enlisted and Officer) is a blank check to this great country. There is also NO expiration date on this oath. God bless our veterans from all walks of life who made this commitment.

  5. 6

    anticsrocks

    @This one: I used to be quite a regular around here, but have been somewhat absent for a while now. That being said, I don’t know you or your ideology, but all political views aside, what kind of person uses a day dedicated to thanking and remembering our brave men and women who have fought for, defended and in too many cases, died for our rights as Americans to make a cheap political statement?

    If you want to argue politics, just let me know; but in the future why don’t you stop and think when you post something and see if just maybe your comments are warranted or not, or are even germane to the OP.

    You ought to be ashamed.

  6. 7

    ilovebeeswarzone

    anticsrocks
    VERY GOOD POST , THEY ARE THE BEST, THE BRAVES WHO CAN CONQUER THE EVIL OF THIS WORLD,
    here till the THE CREATION OF HUMAN,
    WHAT A COUNTER BALANCE IF WE LET THEM DO WHAT THEY KNOW BEST FROM THEIR INNER CORE,
    THEY ALSO ARE HERE SINCE THE CREATION OF HUMAN,
    we see today the sacrilege of taking their CHRISTIANITY away by evil leaders,
    we see those leader making deal with ennemies while they kill our WARRIORS,
    A CLEAR PROSTITUTION OF THE RULES OF WAR, WHICH ONLY THE BRAVES KNOW,
    THEY COME BACK WOUNDED TO THE CORE AND BODY BECAUSE OF THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ARE CORRUPT, AND THE BRAVEST ARE SILENT ABOUT IT,
    THAT’S WHY IT’S FOR US TO HONOR THEIR LIVES AS NOW AND THEY COME BACK FEELING STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY WHICH HAS BEEN INDOCTRINATED BY FOREIGN BAD INFLUENCE, WHILE THEY WHERE FIGHTING TO DEATH,
    AND YOU SEE ON THE STREET,SOME YOUNG IGNORANT STUDENTS INSULTING A NOBLE HIGHLY DECORATED GENERAL FOR HIS VALOR, COMMING TO EDUCATE THEM IN A SHORT TIME, THAT IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS GIVING THEM BY SOME OF THE NEW GENERATION, WHERE NO ONE STOOD UP IN THEIR CROUD TO STOP IT, THAT IN A PUBLIC OUTDOOR PLACE, WHAT A GROUP OF DIMINUTIVES COWARDS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BAN FROM SCHOOL,
    THE WARRIORS ARE BIGGER THAN LIFE AND GIVE ALL THEY HAVE AND BEYONG TO WIN ANY WAR, FOR THEM TO BE FREE,
    AND NO MATTER HOW THE LEADER TRY TO CHANGE THE NAME WAR IT REMAIN WAR WHICH KILL
    AND WOUND THE TROOPS FOREVER BY THE WEAPONS USED BY THE ENEMIES BLOWING THEM FROM UNDERGROUND MULTIPLE EXPLOSIVES TIED TOGETHER, KILLING AND REMOVING LIMBS,
    THIS DAY IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO AKNOWLEDGE IT FULLY WITHOUT RESTRAINT, THOSE WHO LOVE THEM AND ARE IN AWE FOR WHAT THEY DO TO WIN THE FREEDOM OF THE WORLD,
    TOWARD THE BRAVEST OF ALL THIS SOCIETY HAVE ENGENDERED,

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