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Published:November 11th, 2014 12:41 EST

Veteran's Day: A Powerful Tribute to Our Military Brothers and Sisters

By Ron G Anselm

         

"The defense of our country and serving our nation especially in a time of war takes nothing but special, unique and tough individuals to be able to handle this astronomical task of providing the blanket of freedom we all share as red blooded Americans."  (Anselm, R.)

Every year on Veterans Day I reflect back on the times I served our nation and the people I served with. I served with many cracked people who were the best of the best. There is no greater task especially now than to be able to serve with honor and even be able to handle the daily responsibilities of protecting our great nation. Not everyone can handle this great task.

There are a lot of people out there who enlist in the military and never even make it through basic training. In fact, I believe the statistics were at one time only forty-percent make it through basic training, advanced training and then to their first unit. I admit it`s tough and you have to be a special breed of person (mentally, physically and attitude) to be able to even come close to making it in the military and to be able to call yourself an United States solider, airman, or sailor. 

I have seen many people when I went through both Army and Coast Guard basic and advanced training that could not make it. Yes boys and girls in the military you don`t have your Momma anymore to tie your shoes, pick up after you and give you an allowance. Momma isn`t there to take care of you and you better sink or swim and if you can`t swim Move On and go back to the block where you came from!

The greatest thrill for me was when I was the ripe young age of nineteen years old to have made it through Army Basic Training. I still remember my Commanding Officer`s and Senior Drill Sergeants words they said to us that made it through when we had our last formation before boarding the buses to take us to the airport to go to the next phase of our Army advanced Training or (AIT), they went something like this, Congratulations on making it through with hard work, dedication, persistence, and sacrifice. You all now deserve the honor and privilege to call yourself a United States Soldier. "

To a nineteen year old that sent a chill up my spine. I had just made it through Army basic training a task that is not easy for any nineteen year old. I went on to serve with some of the greatest people ever and most of them were Vietnam Veterans. You hear of the term, "Band of Brothers` and serving with Vietnam Vets is the example of brotherhood. It was an honor for me to have served with those guys. Once you serve your country with honor and you get out of the military is when you now deserve the privilege to call yourself a United States military Veteran.

This Veteran`s Day we reflect back to the ones we served with and if you never served then we breathe a sigh of relief that we are not only American`s and part of the greatest nation on Earth but that we are free and thank the Veterans that give us and have given us that freedom we all share and will continue to share for many years to come.

Veterans` Day does not just honor the recent Veteran`s that have served in the recent wars like Iraq and Afghanistan but all the wars from the Civil War through the present that our nation has fought in. I could go on and write an entire book about the history of Veteran`s Day but I will keep it brief (It`s Saturday and College Football is about to start, can`t miss the pre-game show) so, a little brief recent history of Veterans Day.

Stating from May 13, 1938 was when An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) made November 11th a legal holiday. This day was originally dedicated to the cause of world peace and at that time was celebrated and known as Armistice Day which was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation`s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. " (va.gov)

Later the same year President Dwight D. Eisenhower said these famous words his first Veteran`s Day Proclamation, "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans` organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans` Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible." (Eisenhower, D.)

I promised I would keep this brief so this Veteran`s Day don`t just look at it as another day off from work or whatever you do where you sleep till noon, watch Soap Operas, crack open that big bag of Potatoes Chips and suck them down like it was your last meal as you shine the couch cushions with the bottom of your behind, watch the parades and remember, Freedom is not free, many men and women have given their lives and made tremendous sacrifices to keep our country free. Know the special meaning and tribute to the day and the ones that have served and even on your normal morning run to your local Starbuck`s this Veterans Day, if you see someone wearing a flag, military unit patch, riding a Harley with a flag on the back of it give them a thumbs up (make sure as I said in my last year`s Veteran`s Day article, that they know it`s your thumb and not mistake it as your middle finger, that may cause a little problem) and give them a Thank you.

As a Veteran myself and to most Veteran`s, I look at my service to my country as I was just doing my job and what I was supposed to be doing.  Make it a point to at least say Thank You to someone who has served their country. Heck, you will probably make a friend and know someone who will have your back the rest of your life.

                                                                          Reference

History of Veterans Day, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, (http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp). Retrieved 2014.

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