Did you know that today is Veteran's Day?
Do you think it is a forgotten holiday that should be canceled or one that should be remembered and honored? I read one article where the author claimed Veteran's Day was an insult to all soldier who served after the first World War. I don't happen to agree, but it is an interesting thought to consider.
Veteran's Day. Why do we celebrate? Most people don't even notice it since for many businesses it isn't associated with a day off work or a holiday sale like Memorial Day, Independence Day, or even Columbus Day are. It doesn't even bring on a flurry of gift cards and parties like Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day.
And speaking of Memorial Day, what exactly is the difference between that holiday and Veteran's Day? Why do we celebrate both? According to the Department of Veteran Affairs we celebrate "Memorial Day to honor service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military -- in wartime or peacetime."
Kenneth C. Davis author of the book series: "Don't Know Much About...." wrote an excellent post on his blog yesterday: Don’t Know Much About Veterans Day–The Forgotten Meaning. I encourage you to check it out and then say a prayer of thanksgiving for all the people who have given their lives to maintain freedom and also for each living veteran of service who has served and lived to tell their story. And then when you're out and about today be sure to stop and thank someone you know (or even those you meet) for serving your country.
Other related links:
History of Veteran's Day - US Department of Veteran's Affairs
Veteran's Day (Wikipedia)
Armistice Day (Wikipedia)
Remembrance Day (Wikipedia)