First, a little background and then a present day reminder.
This weekend marks the annual recognition of those who have served in the military. Not to be confused with Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day, November 11th is always officially recognized as Veterans Day—but the celebrations may vary according to the day of the week it falls on.
Originally known as Armistice Day, it marked the end of the major hostilities of World War I on the 11th month, of the 11th day at the 11th hour when the armistice went into effect. In the years since, it has been expanded and amended to include larger numbers from other wars and to serve as a reminder for all Americans to remember the sacrifices made for our benefit and to take a moment to “thank a vet.”
Estimates from 2014, (the most current data I could locate), showed that close to 22 million Americans are veterans. I can include my Dad, his brothers who all served as well as numerous extended family and friends.
A little time, a lifetime impact.
Although the most distant in terms of time, we are not that far removed from the living history of World War II, but the links are dwindling fast. During a recent Honor Flight, a veteran from Minot, ND, was approached at the Washington, D.C., memorial by a young man and thankfully a camera crew was able to capture the moment. I will let the video tell the rest of the story. Click here to watch the video:
Many veterans are humble when it comes to their service, but that should not deter anyone from taking a moment to pause, remember and recognize those around us who served.
Thanks to Honor Flight for making moments like this happen. And thank you veterans everywhere. One day of thanks for a lifetime of freedom is a pretty good deal for all of us.