MRFF Advisory Board Member John M. Compere’s (Judge and Brigadier General, US Army, Retired) – “Remembering Our Veterans”



“We fought for America’s freedom

In far away places on foreign land.

Wherever the battle for democracy raged,

America’s finest made a stand.


We fought for your future

And the right to remain free.

For we saw what freedom meant

To those not blessed with Liberty.


For you and yours

We would gladly given our life.

We faced the fears and perils of battle

We braved the endless turmoil and strife.


Please remember us veterans

And the sacrifices we made for you.

Please share the blessings of freedom,

Proudly wave the red, white and blue.”


(lines from “VETERAN” by Lynne Carey)


American Veterans Day is the national holiday every November 11th recognizing the brave men and women who have served our country loyally and honorably in the military during war or peacetime and for any length of military service. It is the annual tribute to all of these military veterans, living or deceased, for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice to protect and defend the United States, our Constitution and precious American liberty. There are 20 million veterans living in the United States with 1.5 million of them residing in Texas.


Veterans Day is a legal public holiday and official flag display day pursuant to federal law (5 United States Code 6103). All federal government offices are closed and state, county and city governments are expected to fly the American flag. Lawful requirements for respecting, handling and displaying the flag are found at 4 United States Code 1. The correct spelling is “VETERANS DAY”, the attributive with no apostrophe (Veterans’ Day and Veteran’s Day are not correct). When it falls on a Saturday like this year, Friday is the holiday for federal employees. When it falls on Sunday, Monday is the federal employee holiday.


Observed since 1919 by presidential proclamation and then congressional resolution, this November patriotic holiday first became federal law in 1954 when enacted by the US Congress and signed by 34th President DWIGHT EISENHOWER who advised the American people “ 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.”


Veterans Day is always celebrated annually on November 11th because the World War I armistice was declared at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It should not be confused with Memorial Day on the last Monday in May honoring military members who died in the service of our country or Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May honoring men and women currently serving in the military.


The military mission is to defend our nation against its enemies and the sworn military service oath contains the patriotic pledge to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…and bear true faith and allegiance to the same”. Knowledge of, compliance with and respect for our secular Constitution is essential to faithful military service. 16th President ABRAHAM LINCOLN stated it succinctly “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”


Among surviving veterans who have sworn and served this sacred oath, there is a solemn, silent and special bond as a result of our shared military service, including the painful memory of comrades killed who gave “all”. It is the heartfelt belief of those of us who gave “some” that serving our country and its constitution was one of the greatest privileges of our lives and one we will always cherish.


On this Veterans Day, please consider giving a veteran your heartfelt hug or hardy handshake to show genuine gratitude for his or her patriotic service. It will be appreciated more than you know.


“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war…shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” – 1st President GEORGE WASHINGTON


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – 35th President JOHN KENNEDY


“How important it is to recognize our heroes and she-roes!” – American poet & writer, Pulitzer Prize nominee & Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient MAYA ANGELOU   


John Compere

Retired Army airborne officer, disabled Vietnam veteran & West Texas rancher

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  1. .

    I Thank You Veterans. Your gift You have given should never be dishonored.

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