Veterans Day

Backroad Ramblings

This weekend we celebrate Veterans Day, arguably the most important holiday we have. Our military vets should be honored, celebrated and fed a good steak, and not just on Veterans Day. 

There are lots of fun facts about this holiday, such as it used to be called Armistice Day, or that in the 70’s, it was celebrated in October. But these are just incidental facts…interesting but useless. Really, there are just three important facts to remember about Veterans Day.  Here they are: 

Important Fact No. 1: Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 because the Armistice that ended World War I was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The date Nov. 11 is itself a memorial.

Important Fact No. 2: Little red paper poppies are often seen on Vets Day. They are a reminder that during World War I, many of the bloodiest battlefields in France where so many soldiers died, were fields which bloomed with red poppies. The poppies are a reminder of all the suffering that paid for freedom.

Important Fact No. 3: Veterans, no matter how old, are people just like you and me. They may have had various reasons for joining the military, but they did it. They may or may not have seen terrible things, but they did it. They may or may not like to talk about it…but they did it. They did it and they should be honored and thanked, even if all you do is call them up and say hi. 

So, this Veterans Day, think about the vets. Call them up and thank them. Remember what it takes to keep a country free. Wear a poppy proudly. And if you can, buy them a steak.


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