Why every day is Veterans Day in the US

To my warrior brothers and sisters, Happy Veterans Day. God bless you for your willingness to stand guard upon freedom’s ramparts to protect our beloved Republic.

Today we are being recognized but always remember — every day in America is Veterans Day. In our veins we carry the legacy of the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord. Our hearts beat just as those who stood at the Battle of New Orleans. We march to the sound of the guns just as those brave men of the Civil War who bled to preserve this Union.

We have left our homes and the warm embrace of our loved ones just as the Doughboys and Devil Dogs of the trenches, the Marne, the Meuse-Argonne.

We ask a holy blessing upon those of our Greatest Generation who carried the banner of liberty into the Pacific and across Europe defeating the horrible scourge of Nazism, fascism, and Japanese imperialism.

Our brothers and sisters will never be forgotten, those who braved the hills and mountains of Korea, the chill of the Chosin Reservoir. We say welcome home to those who braved the heat, driving rains, the jungles of Vietnam…including my own big brother. To those who stared down the communist enemy and enabled the wall to fall, liberating the rest of the European continent. For those who have endured the harshness of the modern battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan fighting against an old foe from our early history, Islamic totalitarianism.

We are the reason there is an America. It has been and always will be our service, sacrifice, and commitment that ensures this Republic will endure.

To the politicians who will be asked to speak at Veterans Day observances, if you have never served, do not pontificate about your voting record or resolutions that you have supported. Just take the podium and say two words, thank you, then sit down.

Veterans Day is the one day when this great exceptional nation can gaze into the eyes of history and hear the stories of heroes and their fallen buddies who are no longer with us. This day is the day you can look into the eyes of a man or woman who was willing to give that last full measure of devotion for you.

This is the day to walk amongst giants — all of them gave some, and there are some who gave all.

Today, I will speak to our American children at Wellington Christian School and at my own daughter’s school. I will tell them that Veterans are the embodiment of the fundamental principle of Christianity, the willingness to lay down one’s life for another.

Never forget, we all took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. For us, America’s honored warriors, there is no statute of limitations on that oath.

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Ron Gilmer
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Sir, thank you and a return of the same. We, as most, were honored to serve and those who served in the war zones deserve the greatest of praise of all! God Bless every vet and again thank you.

Paul King
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Well said sir. I taught my children the oath and its meaning to remind them the sacrifices required to preserve a nation. To ALL my brothers and sisters in arms Thank You. I will stand with you anytime.

Fred Schnitzspahn COL, USA Ret
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Fred Schnitzspahn COL, USA Ret

LTC West: Your message is the best that I have ever seen. It embodies passion and emotion while taking the reader through our history of war. Thank you, from a retired Army brother in arms, for your service and for this most excellent and heartfelt message.

flatbedbill
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LTC West: Back at you. Thank you for YOUR service as well. I’m proud to be a USN
veteran, and would do it again tomorrow if youth was on my side. To all my Brother and Sister Veterans: Thank You. Bravo Zulu.

Lawrence R Jones, TSgt, UASF,
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Lawrence R Jones, TSgt, UASF,
LTC West: Back at you. Thank you for your service as well. I am sharing a poem written by an 11 year old girl and it touched my heart: “I’d like to sit down and pray and think about the people who die for us everyday. I know that it makes me cry to think about the people who for us they die. For them to fight for us is so kind my thoughts of them can never leave my mind. Thank you Veterans – you are SO COOL… We thank you deeply from our School!” God Bless all of… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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That is a cool poem! Thank you for being a Patriot and sharing it!

Joyce Masick
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Thank you for your service. It does disappoint me that you referenced preservation of Christian values. The core of your sacrifice was to preserve this nation’s freedoms, including freedom of religion. No one religion or the right to have no religion. Our founding fathers went to great lengths to keep religion separate from government. In these “Tea Party” days it is important to be aware of and keep that distinction in mind.

MotherBatherick
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Some of us sometimes are disappointed in those who either choose to not read an article in it’s entirety or, misses the point altogether. The school that LTC West was speaking at today is a Christian school…obviously he wanted to point out to the students that one of the fundamental principles of Christianity is about thinking and doing for someone other than yourself…which is exactly what our Veterans do on a daily basis for all of us and our Country.

MotherBatherick
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To LTC West and all our Veterans on here, thank you! And thanks too, for all those who attended ceremonies today and/or visited or took flowers to memorial sites to honor and remember our Veterans. It is always an honor to stand beside a fellow American at such places on a day like this.

aj
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The fundamental principle of Christianity that Veterans are the embodiment of is: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

LTC West it would seem we are not only “bothers in arms” but also “brothers in Christ.”
HOOAH!