Thursday, November 11, 2021

Veterans Day, 2021


 Today is Veterans' Day. It had its beginning as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, commemorating the armistice that was signed to end the first world war--at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year.

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, and should not be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in military service. I'm proud to have served, and always feel a special thrill when someone recognizes that I'm a veteran and thanks me for my service--even though it was quite a while ago.

We'll fly our flag today, as we do every day--even after the election results a year ago. Because brave men and women fought for our right to do so. When you see a veteran today, thank him or her for their service. It will bring a smile to your face and theirs.

I'll skip tomorrow, and see you next week.

 

3 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Thank you for your service, Richard.

Patricia Bradley said...

Yes, Richard, thank you for your service. My mother-in-law used to talk about when WWI ended and all the bells in their community rang and her husband came home and saw his son for the first time.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla and Patricia, thanks for your comments, and for your appreciation of my service. I was drafted out of my residency after 6 months, and served about 2 1/2 years in the Azores--in retrospect, best thing that could have happened, although not my favorite thing when I tried to get my young family over there (succeeded after several months). Never heard a shot fired, but had great experiences there.