Salute to Veterans

eagleflag.jpgTo those who have served, and those are are still serving, a heartfelt thank you. Memorial Day honors the fallen, this day is to honor those who survive, for that can sometimes be harder. I thank my father for his three tours in Viet Nam, and I thank my nephew who still serves.

From Wikipedia: 

On November 11, 1953, the citizens of Emporia, Kansas staged a Veterans Day observance in lieu of an Armistice Day remembrance. Congressman Ed Rees of Emporia, Kansas subsequently introduced legislation in the United States House of Representatives to officially change the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Following a letter-writing campaign to secure the support of all state governors in the observance of this new holiday, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day (enacted June 1, 1954), to honor those who served.

The day has since evolved as a time for honoring living veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime, partially to complement Memorial Day, which primarily honors the dead. There has been some discussion of whether a person’s veteran status depends upon his/her retirement or discharge from any of the armed forces. However, the term applies to any that have honorably served their country or that have served in a war zone as directed by their superior officers or as directed by lawful orders given by their country.

I take the looser definition because all who serve may at any moment be called to lay down their life in aid of their country. It’s not a concious choice many take, so thank you to all who have, and to all who will.

2 Replies to “Salute to Veterans”

  1. What up, Thanos? I see one of your friends from LGF / Free Republic got arrested for domestic terrorism. lmao.

    http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2006-11-13T033224Z_01_N12401718_RTRUKOC_0_US-CRIME-LETTERS.xml&WTmodLoc=USNewsHome_C2_domesticNews-6

    Although I see now that Free Republic has suspended his account:

    This is what his bio said before they suspended it:

    I am a lifelong Conservative Republican .

    I have an Associates Degree in the Science of Electronics .

    Ann Coulter is a Goddess and I worship Laura Ingraham and Michele Malkin .

    English is the langauge of the United States of America- – our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are written in the langauge that expresses our civilized freedoms .

    Spanish is the language of Banana Republics, beyond that it belongs in a European country.

  2. Jason, not a very appropriate place to post this, but I suppose you have to gloat somewhere.

    If he’s a lizardoid I’m unaware of it, and he’s not registered here that I’m aware of, so what’s your point? That there are wingnuts the world over? I suspect he needs to be put away but at least he’s not beheading people or supporting those who do.

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