Remember Our Veterans with Respect and Reverence

American Veterans Day is a national holiday 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 – 101 years ago.

This tribute to our veterans recognizes those patriotic men and women, living or deceased, who served our country honorably in the military during war or peacetime for any length of service and are no longer serving. Today, there are over 21 million military veterans living in the United States with more than 1.5 million residing in Texas.

Observed since 1919, originally by presidential proclamation and then by congressional resolution, this official observance became federal law in 1954 when enacted by Congress and signed by 34th President and Commander-in-Chief Dwight Eisenhower who declared “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 a legal federal holiday and official flag display day pursuant to 5 United States Code 6103. All federal government offices are to be closed. State, county and city governments are requested to fly the American flag. Lawful requirements for handling the flag are contained in 4 United States Code 1. The correct spelling is the attributive “Veterans Day” with no apostrophe (i.e. Veterans’ Day and Veteran’s Day are incorrect).

Veterans Day 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 3rd Saturday in May honoring men and women currently serving in the military.

The secular military mission is to defend our nation against its enemies (not promote or endorse a religion). The secular military service oath is to support and defend “the Constitution of the United States…and bear true faith and allegiance to the same” (not to a religion). American veterans understand, appreciate and respect that we are one nation under our Constitution. Fidelity to the secular Constitution was an essential element of their patriotic service to our country as it continues to be for military men and women serving today. Our diverse military is mandated by the US Constitution, American law, military regulations, tradition and necessity to remain neutral regarding religion (neither pro-religion nor anti-religion, but religion-neutral).

16th President and Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln adroitly advised “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained for it is the only safeguard of our liberties”.

1st President and Commander-in-Chief George Washington astutely acknowledged “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.”

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

“Please remember us veterans
And the sacrifices we made for you.
Please share the blessings of freedom,
Proudly wave the red, white and blue.
(from “Veteran” by Lynne Carey)

Please remember with respect and reverence our veterans for their loyal and faithful service to the United States of America.

John Compere
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired),
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Military Religious Freedom Foundation Board Member
Texas rancher

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4 Comments

  1. BioLib

    “America is worth living for, worth fighting for, and if need be worth dying for.”
    Evangelist Tim Lee
    USMC Retired and Vietnam Vet
    Gave both his legs in the service of his country!

  2. G

    Yeah BioLig.

    Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs and much of her mobility in her right arm during the Iraq war and Max Cleland lost both his legs and his right arm in Vietnam. In addition, you have hundreds of atheists, agnostics, pagans, and people of other religions losing physical parts of their bodies, so what is your point?

    America is not worth fighting and dying for when you look at how we got suck into Vietnam, Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan by the politicians and the business leaders when therre were no legal justifications to do so.

  3. BioLib

    Their nation called and they answered no matter the circumstances. At least they were not cowards who went to Canada to avoid the draft during Vietnam.

  4. G

    Yeah and Bush, Jr. was a coward because he got a transfer from a military outfit that was going to Vietnam and you have various Republicans like Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Cheney getting deferments.

    “Their nation called and they answered no matter the circumstances.”

    I guess then we can’t criticize the Germans for their service during World War II or the Vietnamese who fought against the French and the Americans in Vietnam. We are no better than the Germans when it comes to blind obedience and blind patriotism. Again, there were no legal justifications for going into Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.

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