Today is Veterans Day. On Memorial Day we honor those men and women who died defending this country. Today is the day we honor all of the men and women who served in our armed forces, both living and dead, in war and in peace. This holiday began as Armistice Day, a holiday to mark the day the “war to end all wars” ended in 1918.
We should not glorify war. Even in the best of circumstances it is a necessary evil. But we should honor those who place themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation. They give their lives, their youth and their innocence.
Many of them never come home. Many more come home scarred and injured. All of them come home changed. The fact that they are often misused by politicians does not lessen their sacrifice. They don’t start the wars, they only fight in them.
If you love your freedom, thank a vet.