It would be great if we could rewrite history and do away with the World Wars, the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, the Gulf War and all subsequent conflicts.
But that’s not the world we live in.
For as long as there has been a United States of America, there have been government militias, reserves, armies, and other armed forces. And with the notable exceptions of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, our homeland has remained remarkably secure.
For that, we must thank our veterans. These are not the people who made the decisions to engage or not engage. They are the ones who served.
Veterans Day is N0vember 11th, and actually began as Armistice Day – a celebration of peace and a day of remembrance. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VFW, and other organizations work to provide needed services to our veterans – many of whom were volunteers.
On this day, I hope you will spend a moment appreciating those who have stood where we can’t or won’t – at home or abroad – for the safety of those here and elsewhere, who cannot protect themselves. Whether or not you believe they should have been sent some of these places, they went for us.
I pray that our leadership, and other leaders around the world, will work to make this kind of protection much less necessary in the future, and that they will evaluate such necessity with great care.
In the meantime, for those who have served the people of the US in any of our armed forces, at home or abroad, I am grateful for your service,and your willingness to serve.