Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day

I remember back to my stint in the first grade, an announcement came over the PA instructing us to stand, face the East, and observe a moment of silence at 1100AM. It was 11 November and though we had no idea what it was about, we were observing Armistice Day. Already a faint echo, the “War to End All Wars” merely set the stage for much larger conflicts. The scars from WWII and the Korean wars were much fresher in the memories of our parents, though along with Armistice Day meant little to a first grader. Indeed though many of our parents had served in WWII and the Korean Conflict, the whole concept was lost on most first graders, as with the pledge of allegiance it was just something we were expected to do and we performed by rote.

Years later and having served myself, the day that eventually become Veteran’s Day took on a special meaning. Perhaps the old adage “Walk a mile in their shoes” fits the situation best, though I didn’t live in the open deprived of basic necessities while fending off enemy attacks. I have seen old newsreels of soldiers fighting in the ETO and Pacific and I don’t know how they did it, can barely fathom the devotion to duty behind their efforts and their personal struggle to just survive. I admire these men and women and hold them as my personal heroes.

We’ve had more conflicts since, Vietnam most notable, and are in two horrible conflicts now. Soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen, active and reserve, give up their families, their civilian careers, and sometimes their lives to protect our country or to enforce our National policies. It is therefore fitting that Armistice Day was changed to recognize all those who serve, selflessly giving of themselves so we may rest easy. My thanks to all those who are serving, have served, and special thanks to the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

20 Comments:

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Thank you for your service Phos.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Die Muräne said...

I have maximum respect for all of those who serve for the freedom and life of their land and families.

Sometimes I think it's very hard to fight in a war which circumstances you don't understand. To feel like a playball of interests...

Unlike in America in Switzerland every man has to do his service. Do his very little thing for the freedom of his country (even though you don't have the risk of being sent to a war, of course). Changes the perspective, I think.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

hammer: Thanks! I enjoyed your latest post...

dm: I think we should have compulsory service, or at the very least a law that if you haven't served in the military you can't run for president. Our president is considered the Commaned in Chief of the armed forces - kind of a tough job if you don't understand the military.

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

i hv the highest respect for soldiers.

Keshi.

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

It is because of those who fearlessly fought wars we are able to enjoy what we have today.

Thank you for serving Phos. Because of your bravery we have our freedom.

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

its funny for the past 20+ years the only thing that the 11 nov signified was the beginning of Carnival (MardiGras season) so it was a fun day - now living in a heavy military area in the US with many loved ones in the service it takes on a sad note.

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all and Happy Fastnacht

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger TK Kerouac said...

Thanks for your service...
I hate war.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Thanks for this post and for what you did! I have a long family history of military service. I am really proud of that!

Peace out! K8

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

freedommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Peace would be nice but the folks in charge seem to have different ideas. Maybe it is time to change the folks in charge?

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Eternally Curious said...

No doubt!
Thank you Phos - very much!

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous patriot said...

Agree 100%. What a pity that Bush couldn't interrupt his 5 day weekend break in Crawford to be at the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Fuff said...

Thankfully to people like yourself Phos; always remembered.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger Becky said...

If we ever did that in school, I don't remember it... I'm sure that's not too surprising seeing as I was class of 2001. I have a lot of respect for veterans though, seeing as my husband is one too.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

great Phos.

 
At 5:12 AM, Blogger Damsel Underdressed said...

And may the sales in stores keep on coming! :)

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

I miss you Phos!

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger /t. said...

say,
hasn't
this post
been up here
since LAST verteran's day?!?

phos, the crowd grows restless

/t.

 
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