Remembering Our Veterans Who Served

(from “Veteran” by Lynne Carey)

Veterans Day is our national holiday observed every November 11th. Its genesis was the World War I armistice declared at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Originally observed as Armistice Day in 1919 by presidential proclamation and then by congressional resolution, it became Veterans Day by federal law in 1954 when enacted by Congress and signed by 34th President 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.”

This recognition of military veterans pays tribute to those patriotic men and women, living or deceased, who served our country honorably in the US Armed Forces during war or peacetime for any length of service and are no longer serving. There are over 18 million veterans living in the United States.

Veterans Day is a legal federal holiday and official flag display day pursuant to 5 United States Code 6103. All federal government offices are closed. State, county and city governments are requested to fly the American flag. Flag handling requirements can be found at 4 United States Code 1. The correct spelling is the attributive “Veterans Day” with no apostrophe (i.e. Veterans’ Day or Veteran’s Day is incorrect).

Every Veterans Day an official wreath laying ceremony by the President or designated representative is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Parades, ceremonies and celebrations honoring our veterans are normally held throughout the country. However, the perilous pandemic will prevent many events this year.

Veterans Day should not be confused with “Memorial Day” on the last Monday in May memorializing military members who gave their lives in the service of our country nor “Armed Forces Day” on the 3rd Saturday in May honoring men and women currently serving in the military.

The military mission to defend our nation against its enemies is strictly secular. The military service oath to support and defend “the Constitution of the United States…and bear true faith and allegiance to the same”  is also secular. American military veterans realize and respect we are one nation under our secular Constitution and it is in the US Constitution we must trust. Fidelity to the Constitution was an essential element of their faithful service as it continues to be for all military men and women serving today.

Veterans Day is a special time to show our respect and appreciation to those who have rendered honorable military service to the United States of America. Please remember with genuine gratitude our patriotic veterans for their loyal service.

“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

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – 33rd President Harry Truman

“Today we send a clear message to all who have worn the uniform: thank you for your courage, thank you for your sacrifice, and thank you for standing up when your country needed you most.” – 43rd President George W. Bush

“And today, on Veterans Day, we honor those who honored our country with its highest form of service: You who wore the uniform of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. We owe you our thanks. We owe you our respect. And we owe you our freedom.” – 44th President Barack Obama

“I encourage all Americans to recognize the fortitude and sacrifice of our veterans through public ceremonies and private thoughts…I call on all Americans to support this day” – 45th President Donald Trump

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

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

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  1. G

    The military certainly hasn’t protected our freedoms for affordable/free medicine and education, the right to organize a union, go on strike without fear of being fired, having good wages, peaceful political, social, and economic protests without worrying about harsh crackdowns by the police, etc. As USMC general Smedly Butler pointed out, the military has been more like mafia-like foot soldiers for Corporate America.

  2. Patriot Pastor

    Ha, I get free medicine because I am on Medicare and earned it. Nobody who is not 65 deserves free medicine or health care or education. All those are not a right but a privilege and must be earned.

  3. G

    Wrong, PP. In Europe, healthcare and education are human rights, not a privilege. Didn’t Chris say about caring for the sick and the poor? Since you don’t believe that people who are not 65 don’t deserve an education or health care, then the people in the military shouldn’t be getting them as well whether they are active duty, in the Guard reserves or are retired.

  4. G

    PP, if it wasn’t for LBJ’s Great Society Program, you wouldn’t have Medicare in the first place.

  5. Patriot Pastor

    I just love how pagan twist scripture and mis-interpret it to fit their views.

  6. G

    No PP, it is Christians who twist the scriptures and re-write it to fit their viewpoints. Look at all the religious wars in Europe that occurred between the Catholic Church and the Protestants because of their differences on God.

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