11/08/11 was Election Day and in many communities throughout our nation, citizens exercised one of our most cherished rights and voted. Of course, some exercised their right not to vote. In either case, Americans were adhering to an honored tradition.
At 11/11/11/11, that is at the 11th
hour of the 11 day of the 11 month of this year, 2011, all across our nation we
will pause to remember and honor all who served, both the dead and those living,
who served honorably in wartime and peacetime.
Remember Election Day? We can
exercise our rights – or not, because of what generations of veterans have done
to keep our nation free.
Today, we have
many of our veterans hurting, they are unemployed, suffer tremendous health
issues and feel that our nation has not cared for them as promised. George
Washington told us many years ago "The willingness with which our young
people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be
directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated
and appreciated by our nation." I
shudder to think about a future where our young people are no longer willing to
Fortunately, those from our
community and others like ours are willing to put their lives on hold, leave
their loved ones, and sacrifice while serving all of us. It’s nice when someone says “thank you for
your service, but it’s even nicer to know that we will honor our commitments to
our veterans and appreciate them. Demand
that our elected leaders at every level of government take proper care of our