A Love Affair

A Love Affair

Veterans Day. Every year we take this one day to thank those who have served. As we should. The truth is that there is no possible way that we can offer enough thanks to those who have served.

On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died in war, wearing the Uniform of the United States. It is easier to grasp the enormity of that sacrifice, because the measure of the sacrifice confronts us immediately: An American who gave their life in war. There can be no greater sacrifice. Armed Forces Day honors those currently in service in the military of the United States.

But Veterans Day is a bit different. We honor all who have worn the uniform in service to the United States, during peace time or during war. The measure of that sacrifice takes a bit more effort. Since 1973 military service has been voluntary. The sacrifice of veterans since that time is something to note. Many veterans from 1940 through 1973 were called to service through the Selective Service Act. But all veterans since 1973 had a calling to service. While the distinction is small, the sacrifice of any veteran, conscripted or voluntary, is exactly the same, and our gratitude should be of equal measure. The veteran has offered the very best of themselves, not only at their own expense, but tendered also with the sacrifice of their families.

In truth, the American people have an enduring love affair with those who have worn the uniform. Despite what many would see at a protest today, the men and women of the United States Military ensure that this country exists in peace. To those that willingly step forward and say “I give myself, in totality, to my country, and family” we can only offer the sincere love and gratitude of a humble nation. We must keep faith with our Veterans, we owe them an unpayable debt. The greatest nation on the face of this earth exists and prevails due to the service of these fine Americans. God bless each and every one of them.

Veterans Day
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War

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