On the 11th day of the 11th month

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?'” -Eve Merriam

I too wish my children never know the horror of war.  I wish they be spared living a day like September 11, 2001.  I wish that they know a world of peace.  But that peace will come at a price.  It would take hard work and communication on the part of our leaders and leaders around the world.  I can dream and wish, but with the state of the world today I fear it will only be dreams.  Today is Veterans Day.  Also known in other areas of the world as Remembrance Day.  This is a day to remember those who have served our country in the Military.  Those veterins of war who make the freedoms we have today possible.  It is a natonal holiday that was created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919  as Armistice Day.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” – Woodrow Wilson

Though the original intent was to remember the veterans from World War I it was changed in the 1950’s to honor all our veterans.

For me the veteran who comes to mind for me every year is my Great Uncle “Nick”.  Dominick Dell’Erba served during World War II with the 101st Airborne.  It was something he spoke very little about.  He was proud of that service, but it was hard for him to speak of the things he saw and experienced during that time.  He passed away in January this year and I miss him very much.

Today I would like to thank those who have served our military and continue to serve.  They are true heroes.  A hero does not need a cape, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or a multi-million dollar sports contract.  A true hero is one who has  courage, and who we admire for their brave deeds.  The brave men and women who currently serve and have served in our military are true heroes and should be remembered for their contribution to our great country.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

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