The red poppies are blowing today as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice (11/11/18).
As I watch French, German, American and other world leaders come together in Paris to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their countries, I am thankful that veterans are being remembered and appreciated for their service.
An American Legion magazine is spread open on the kitchen table and a poignant photo of a WWII veteran is calling to me. He is all bundled up in gloves and a blanket and is holding a small US flag in one hand and a hand written sign in another. The sign reads, “Thanks for Remembering”.
In the end, that’s all most veterans really want- to be appreciated and remembered.
So on this important day, Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance/Armistice Day in Canada, Australia and many nations in Western Europe, it is my hope that as citizens of the world we can set aside our political differences and reflect on the positive impacts that countless servicemen and women have made all over the world.
There are over 20 million living veterans in the United States, representing almost 10% of the population. If you don’t know someone who has served in the military, I encourage you to find out more by supporting your local VFW or American Legion posts.
Marching in a Veterans Day Parade in Denver. Photo by Steve Smull
This Veterans Day is a very special Remembrance Day as we celebrate the centennial of the end of the First World War.
I proudly wear my red poppy to acknowledge the sacrifices made by those died on the battlefield. I humbly pick up and carry the torch for those who came before me, knowing that they would say, “Thanks for Remembering!”
Happy Veterans Day America