Today, November 11th, we celebrate Veteran's Day. It is an official holiday that honors all military veterans.
I researched this holiday to find out that it was actually known as "Armistice Day". It was a holiday that marked the end of World War I, when the armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States holiday was renamed Veteran's Day in 1954.
As I reflect on Veteran's Day, I think about the men and women who have willingly served this country. They fought wars so that I could have the freedom that I have.
The men that I would like to acknowledge are my father, grandfather and father-in-law. My father was in the Navy in the 1950s and was stationed in Cuba.
My grandfather was a private in the army in World War I. He was shipped to France to fight against the Germans. I never met my grandfather as he died in 1937 due to complications from the gassing during the war.
My father-in-law was a 1st Lieutenant of the US Army Air Corp. He was stationed in the Western Pacific on the Island of Saipan. He served on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress with twelve other men. He flew thirty-five missions over Japan as a bombadier/navigator. After the war, he rarely spoke of his service.
Each of these men wanted to serve their country so that their children and grandchildren could live in a country that would give them opportunities to become a person with integrity, ambition, independence, loyalty and optimism.
Thank you to all veterans!