It’s almost Veteran’s Day

It’s almost Veteran’s Day

Nationally, we set aside November 11th to honor veterans every year.

What IS a veteran?

The dictionary states: A veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field.

Typically, when we think of a veteran, we think of a military veteran.  So what is a military veteran?

FEDERAL DEFINITION: under Federal Law a VETERAN is any person, who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. (Discharges marked GENERAL AND UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS also qualify.)

What is the purpose of Veteran’s Day?

Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

People often remember those who gave their lives for our country on Veteran’s Day.  That is a very sweet thing to do, however we have set Memorial Day aside as a day to remember our service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Veteran’s Day is to honor the living and thank the members of our armed forces for their willingness to lay down their lives for the lives of others.

{John 15:13. (KJV).Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.}

Of course, we really should be remembering our heroes, both dead and alive every day, not just on their “designated day.”

Along with the members of our armed forces, I would suggest that we remember and honor the sacrifices their families make every day.  A military family is a different breed.

  • They know the very real fear that their loved one may not return form a deployment.
  • Most move every three years, making it difficult to maintain long term friendships.
  • Home is where you happen to be sleeping that night.  A hotel is “home” when you’re on vacation.
  • There is pride for our country not often evident in today’s society.
  • The National Anthem can make them cry (and they would never consider talking while it is being played).

Oh, I could go on.  You see, I am a military family member.  My dad and youngest son are Veterans.  I have many friends who are veterans and military family members.  Yes, we are a different breed – and proud of it!  Grin.

November 11th is Veteran’s Day.  The month of November is National Military Family Appreciation Month.  I would like to personally thank all of our veterans – and their families.

If you love your freedom, thank a vet!

If you’d like to know the history of Veteran’s Day, check out this link from the U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs.

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Stress Management Coach, working with military families.*

 

 

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