Veterans Day

Today is one of two days set aside each year to honor those who put on the uniform and defend our country but remembering those who serve is something we should be doing the other 363 days as well.

It doesn't matter if you agree with the politics of a war or not. The young men and women who put their lives at risk for their nation are tools used by politicians to further agendas. Some wars are viewed as just by a majority of Americans, some are not. But we should remember that America itself is a nation created by a war against the tyranny of an English King and we survived a Civil War where too many Americans died at the hands of other Americans.

Vietnam was a defining moment for my generation and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan served as benchmark issues in the recent Presidential election.

Dying for your country is the greatest sacrifice that any nation asks of its citizens. On this day, dedicated to those who have and those who will, let's put aside our philosophical differences and honor those who serve.

(The photo was shot on Memorial Day, 1993, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on The Mall in Washington, DC)

Today is one of two days set aside each year to honor those who put on the uniform and defend our country but remembering those who serve is something we should be doing the other 363 days as well.

It doesn’t matter if you agree with the politics of a war or not. The young men and women who put their lives at risk for their nation are tools used by politicians to further agendas. Some wars are viewed as just by a majority of Americans, some are not. But we should remember that America itself is a nation created by a war against the tyranny of an English King and we survived a Civil War where too many Americans died at the hands of other Americans.

Vietnam was a defining moment for my generation and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan served as benchmark issues in the recent Presidential election.

Dying for your country is the greatest sacrifice that any nation asks of its citizens. On this day, dedicated to those who have and those who will, let’s put aside our philosophical differences and honor those who serve.

(The photo was shot on Memorial Day, 1993, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on The Mall in Washington, DC)

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3 Responses

  1. Beautiful piece, Jason. This is definitely the message we need to pass on and encourage. The idea of community service for the young (and old alike) was one of my favorite points at Obama’s rally. I hope he is able hammer it home and that we are able to take on the challenge and make this country as great as it can possibly be!

    Thank you to ALL veterans who have served in both war and peace.

  2. Jason, I agree with Tracey that your piece really was thoughtful and on point. I would go farther only in hope that we might all see the utopian day for this country when commitment to fellow man, locally or globally, would come from one’s heart rather than conscription.

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