Veterans Day 2013 Honoring Those Who Served
Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs. What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former service members properly.
As each year passes, we lose more men and women who remember and understand what it was like to be at war…fighting for their lives, for democracy and freedom. And unfortunately as time goes by, the younger generations become more and more removed from what Veterans Day is all about and why we recognize it. It is our job as to citizens of this great country to keep the meaning alive.
Please take a moment to tell your children and grandchildren why it’s important that we stop and remember. Remind them that we are safe and free because of those who fought and died AND because of those who fought and lived. While November 12th is a holiday for many, and that means sleeping in or shopping or hanging out with friends, it’s also a day of importance and reflection. Even if you don’t attend a ceremony or observe the minute of silence, please just stop and take a moment to appreciate the freedoms we have and the sacrifices that have been made by our service members and their families.
And when you get the chance, thank a veteran!
Happy Veterans day! From Bill Nickerson