Normally, we would use this day to say thank you to the men and women who have fought and died to defend the United States. But this year feels different.
It feels different because of not just Covid-19, but because of political turmoil created by the results of the election.
Sometimes I feel like we take our rights and our freedoms for granted. The last few years have reminded me that democracy does not just appear or remain stable in thin air. A democratic government either fails or succeeds based on the actions (or lack thereof) of the average citizen.
Every year, we talk about thanking our living veterans and honoring the memories of those who are no longer with us. I think the best way we can do both is to do the hard work needed to ensure that the American democracy will exist for generations to come. Included in that hard work is putting aside our differences and trying to find a middle ground.
If we don’t, then what is the point of Veterans Day?
As I see it, it’s more than a day to thank the men and women who have fought for our country. It is a day to see them and appreciate them.
I can only imagine how challenging it is to leave your family and put your life aside to defend this nation. It requires a commitment that dwarfs all other commitments. It means potentially going into battle in a land that is not your own to fight against a people that would happily see your nation destroyed.
To all of the veterans out there, thank you for your sacrifice. Without you, this great nation would not be what it is today.
When one joins the military, there is the expectation that he or she may give up their life at some point to protect their country.
Today is Veterans Day. We remember the millions who served, regardless of whether they came home or gave their lives to protect everything that they hold dear.
This year is the 100th anniversary of ending of World War I. In addition to remembering all of the American veterans, we remember those who fought and died in World War I.
You know who promised to support veterans, but not surprisingly, there were no actions behind his words.
During the election, he chastised President Obama for golfing, but he has golfed every weekend since taking office. Yesterday was the international gathering of world leaders to remember those who gave their lives during World War I. He used the excuse that it was raining not to attend. Was he afraid of getting his precious hair wet? If so, this another example, at least to my mind that he is unfit to lead the country.
To give your life during war to protect and support your country is the most heroic act anyone can do. By using a flimsy excuse to not attend the memorial ceremony, he is once more showing his true colors. It is those colors that continue to prove that he should be holding any political office, especially the highest political office in the land.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Tomorrow we honor the men and women who have given their lives to protect this country.
The military is not for everyone, but for those who are willing and able to join, it is the noblest act that they can undertake.
A few months ago, Donald Trump announced that transgender troops would be banned from the military. A judge has blocked enforcement of the ban.
Unlike other countries, America does not have a mandatory military conscription. It is up to the individual if he or she wants to become a member of the armed forces. It is shortsighted and foolish (though it would not be the first time with the Trump administration) to prevent these people from joining or continuing in the service, especially if they have been trained and are able to adequately do their job.
We need to honor all of our troops, regardless of any labels they themselves or others may use to the define them. After everything they have done for us, it is the least we can do.
Today is the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also referred to as The Night Of Broken Glass. On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues were destroyed by the Nazis and their collaborators. It was the beginning of the end for the Jews of Europe.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Tomorrow we remember the veterans who are still among us. While their deceased brethren are a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that members of the armed services make, those who are still living deserve the same respect and attention.