On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, an armistice, or end to hostilities was declared, moving toward the close of World War One, the “war to end all wars”.
As we now know, that day certainly did not mark the end of war, even the end of world wars, as conflicts continue around the world today. The face and nature of war changes but what has not changed is the will of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States to respond when called to duty. Today is the day when we recognize that duty, that essential element of the American psyche that collectively motivates us to want to improve the lives and enhance the liberties of others whether we know them or not.
Today is not Armistice Day, it is Veterans Day. It is our, the huge majority of whom will never see combat or conflict, opportunity to recognize the veterans and their families who have given and continue to give so much in service to us. If you encounter a service man or woman in camouflage today take a second to just say “thank you”, they will understand. For those we will never encounter, a reflective moment today would be in order. To quote Sir Winston Churchill, “Never….was so much owed by so many to so few”.