Posted by: erinserb | November 11, 2010

To all, A Memorable Veterans Day!!!

Perhaps that is what it’s all about – memory!   Before this was called Veteran’s Day, it was known as Armistice Day.   What did that mean?  At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of November 1918, the guns across the Western Front of Europe fell silent to end what was called “the war to end all wars” – if only the last were true.   For a little over two decades later, the nations of the world would be involved in the bloodiest, most costliest of all wars – World War II.

I believe that, particularly in this 21st century, it is all the more important and wise to remember: 1) all those who made the supreme sacrifice for our freedoms, and 2) all those who have worn the uniform of their country, in both peace and wartime.

Too much rhetoric lately has spoken of our shortcomings, our selfishness, our apathy, but I would like to be optimistic here.   Through remembrance, we can realize that we are still the beacon of freedom in a world where freedom is often denied for so many.  Our country represents the best “defense” of liberty; who else will be willing to sacrifice their people and resources as much as this great country.   All one needs to look at is the countries which suffocate and stifle all movements of free speech and democracy, or where terrorism rules the populace.  We don’t live in a country like those and we should all be grateful and remember forevermore.

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