I’ve always been a big fan of today’s US holiday, Veterans Day.Â In other parts ofÂ our small worldÂ today is Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day. Â
Today’s not about war or winning, or justiceÂ or conflict. It’s not even about nationalism.Â TodayÂ is about being grateful and aware of the commitment of the people who serve. It’s a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.
I’m an Army brat.Â My folksÂ are retired US Army Lieutenant Colonels;Â my brother and grandfather also volunteered to serve.Â Veterans all, I deeply respect that they had the sense of community and responsibility that I seemingly do not:Â there is not one little atom of my being that could take that oath.Â I’m too damn selfish.
So, although it’s officially about military veterans, today I’m asking:
What veterans inspire and impress you?Â What sacrifices, for what causes, did they make that resonate with you?Â Â Â What’s worth fighting for, in your eyes?
[And, to my family, andÂ all Veterans: thank you for your service.Â We would haveÂ nothing without your sacrifice.]