Veterans Day has just passed (well in the States it still is) and I have been sitting here pondering the meaning of this day. I have been doing so because I received some emails today from family and friends wishing me a Happy Veterans Day and thanking me for all I have done for our nation. I should feel honored....but I dont. I am proud to be called a veteran like many men and women have before me. I have followed in the footsteps of my family when I joined the military straight out of high school. I dont think I have done anything to earn the right to be honored by this day. This day was created to honor those men and women who served their country with gallantry and selfless service during WW I. As a matter-of-fact, November 11th is the day the armistice was signed ending the "war of all wars". The sacrifices I have made to serve my country are miniscule compared to what some of our forefathers have sacrificed. And not just in WW I, but in WW 2, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and so on. This is a day to honor them, the men and women who sacrificed everything for their country, including their life for many. This is a day to recognize them, not me. Maybe one day when its all said and done I can look back and allow myself to be honored on such a day but not now. I have done enough to be honored.
Remember to have a moment of silence for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom........especially today.