Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans' Day, 2016

First, congratulations to my daughter and son-in-law on their tenth wedding anniversary. Cassie, I hope you realize how great your parents are.

I'm writing this post on the morning of the 2016 election. I'm doing that because I want to focus on the importance of this holiday, not the divisive, vitriolic, antagonistic campaign just finished. There will be winners and losers, but I pray both groups will be gracious in either victory or defeat.

Today is Veterans' Day in the US. It was originally celebrated as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the cease-fire on the Western Front in World War I. Now it's a day set aside to honor those who have served or are currently serving our nation in the uniformed services--the living and the dead.

I'm proud to be a veteran, having served three years in the US Air Force. I salute my fellow veterans, and give special thanks to those currently serving. Sometimes the sacrifice involved seems so little. At other times, it's the ultimate sacrifice.

I consider our national anthem to be symbolic of the dedication of these men and women, and I will always stand at attention as it's played. To do otherwise is, at least in my eyes, disrespectful of the service of so many.

May God heal our land, and may we work together to make this once more "One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all."

If you appreciate your freedom, thank someone serving or who has served in the armed forces. Click here to tweet.

8 comments:

Sally Shupe said...

Thank you so much for your service! Love your books! Shared one with my mom, who is also a Veteran, and now she wants more of them. I know what to get her for Christmas!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Shelly--I hope your mother enjoys my other books. Blessings.

Gail H. said...

My Father-in-law is 93 and a WWII veteran. He served in the U.S. Navy. Omaha Beach was one of the battles he was involved in.

Thank you too Richard for your service! Happy Veteran's Day and take advantage of some of the freebie offers from restaurants and businesses.

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Jackie Smith said...

Thank you for your service, Richard! My DH served 2 yrs. in the Army long ago. Happy Veterans Day to all!

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you for serving! And amen to your post!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks to each of you for your comments. They're appreciated. (And Gail, we had lunch at a restaurant that would have provided my meal free if I'd had my card with me to prove I had served.)

GREG FULLER said...

To all those who have served in the military and who are serving today, thank you for you service...including you, Dr. Richard Mabry, I enjoy reading your books. I am reading Miracle Drug now. Thank you for the great work you do.

Richard Mabry said...

Greg, I appreciate your kind words. Hope you enjoy Miracle Drug.