By Anthony Marx
As a disabled veteran, Veteran’s Day is a very special day to me. As a country, we pause – to honor our service members and sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend, honor, and protect the liberties and freedoms each of us enjoy in our country.
The writer Michel de Montaigne once said, “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
On Veteran’s Day, many people go to parades, others go to cemeteries to lay wreaths, and still as a nation we remember veterans on this somber day. It is a day to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices. Thinking of heroes, I think about our customers that are disabled veterans who may have passed but are here in spirit; a person can’t help but feel awed by the enormity of what they encounter and endured for each of us. We honor those who nobly served and passed, and those who still live, as well as their families.
Those individuals, as well as other servicemen and women’s contributions, have made our armed forces the greatest and most respected in the world. We know they have lived through grim times and often taken the heavy load to keep the home fires burning. Thank you for what you’ve done.
The service members we honor came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self.
Many of them didn’t ask to leave their homes to fight on distant battlefields. Many didn’t even volunteer. They didn’t go to war because they loved fighting. They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times. They rose to the nation’s call because they wanted to protect a nation which has given them, and us, so much.
Since the first shots at Lexington and Concord were fired and our Revolutionary War began, American men and women have been answering the nation’s call to duty.
Millions of Americans have fought and died on battlefields here and abroad to defend our freedoms and way of life. Today our troops continue to make the ultimate sacrifices, and even as we lose troops, more Americans step forward to say, “I’m ready to serve.” They follow in the footsteps of generations of fine Americans.
Veteran’s Day, originally called Armistice Day, was first designated as a day to celebrate the end of World War I. The first World War ended November 11, 1918 and the legislation that created Veteran’s Day was dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day.
We have awarded medals to many soldiers, added their names to monuments and named buildings for them, to honor them for their bravery. But nothing can ever replace the hole left behind by a fallen service member, and no number of medals and ribbons can comfort the ones left behind.
On Veteran’s Day, people throughout the country will gather together to remember, to honor, and to pay gratitude to those who have served our country. Remember on that day as people gather they are a spark, just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation today and every day. It’s not a lot, but it’s one small way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom.
From each of us at R&J Mobility Service, thank each of you for your service. God bless you and your families, God bless our troops and God bless America.
Published October 26, 2017