So we all give praise and hail to the great war fighters on veterans day, we thank them for their heroism as well as for the sacrifices and what they’ve endured during their time in their branch of service.
Do you really know what you’re celebrating though???
Technically veterans day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I, (November 11th, 1918) to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. It actually replaces armistice day in 1954.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Let’s remember that Veterans day is not to be confused with Memorial day, which is a day in which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30th, but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.
Some have lost limbs, brothers, and will forever deal with the inner battles of PTSD, you know Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the disorder where you all label us as “bat shit crazy” because one has a break down due to prior events pertaining to military involvement. (yeah that) See veterans will forever deal with such things, as well as a very wretched V.A. system that could care less about it’s war fighters, casualties and those killed in action. Mostly due to certain personnel not being competent enough in order to smoothly run a system to help vets. (then again, that’s a different story now isn’t it)
Let’s remember that these veterans that we thank twice a year, memorial day and also veterans day are dealing with inner battles. It may be PTSD, it may be that he/she has went to that 20th job interview, from there got a letter from human resources stating they are going to go with a better candidate more qualified for the job. Even though that veteran has a degree and military experience, you have to remember it’s hard out here for civilians. Now imagine coming from an infantry unit or military in general and trying to make that transition.
I for one am very appreciative of ALL veterans U.S Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard active and reserve. I thank you and salute you for your time dedication and perseverance. You’re a special individual that many wont understand, which is why we make up less than 1% of the U.S. population. It takes a very special person to join during a time of war, many of us are very much the same in regards to how we feel about protecting our home turf. We’re the greatest country of all time, no other force on the globe can beat us, and if they tried, it’d be like team USA in Olympics basketball we’d just run through everyone. (literally) By no means am I glorifying war,
are even the death and destruction of others, I am however saying that I respect the hell out of the men and women who have sacrificed for you and I. I also stand firm on my belief that we’re the greatest country of all time and no-one can beat us as far as war goes because we are far to superior.
I’m going to reiterate again that I greatly and highly respect you all and what you’ve done and endured for our country. From one veteran to many others, I proudly say Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.
-Isaac J. Hall II
Corporal Isaac Hall w/ Lance Corporal Daniel Armijo
Sergeant David Jewell
** Semper Fidelis