Today is Veteran’s Day, and this one is more special than most.
This year is the 100th commemoration of the event that lead to the creation of Veterans Day: the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, that ended fighting in World War I between the allies and Germany.
Not that every Veterans Day isn’t already exceptional — the day we set aside to honor the men and women who defend our nation could never be anything else. But this year has a particular meaning as it commemorates the end of hostilities — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — of the “war to end all wars.”
That that war did not end international conflicts we have proven time and again. But something else that did not end in 1918 are the efforts and dedication and loyalty of the millions of men and women who serve our nation.
Those men and women deserve a day, but they deserve more. Today, do what you can to show your appreciation. If possible, personally thank a veteran. Attend an event or, if you can’t do that, make a donation to a charity that supports the needs of our military members.
The men and women who serve put their lives at risk every day. Few of us — perhaps only our law officers and responders — can say we do the same.
Let’s take a few minutes now to reflect on this. Then, let us extend a hand in thanks.