Banks are closed, some businesses are closed and you are probably relaxing at home (unless you go to Union College where no national holidays are observed due to the trimester system). Did you ever wonder what Veteran’s day meant besides a paid vacation day?
Also known as Remembrance Day or Armistice day, today celebrates our Veterans as well as the day where “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Germany signed an Armistice treaty formally ending World War I”
Our Veterans have sacrificed so much for us. Looking death in the eye and overcoming hardship on the battlefield and abroad to ensure our safety here in America. I’ve always wanted to serve and still plan to do so in some way. While others may not feel the same way as me, we can do so much to help and support our troops! I’ve adopted two soldiers and write to them often. Oftentimes they don’t repsond because of their duties, but that doesnt matter. I write them thank yous all the time and let them know that even on their loneliest days, I love them and I am always thinking about them and praying for their safe return home.
In my undergrad when I would travel from school to home, I would treat consenting soldiers to lunch at the airport. We wouldn’t have to sit and chat, I just wanted to let them know that what they are doing was amazing and brave. Incredibly enough, many were flattered by the gesture alone and wouldn’t accept the invitation. “I dont do this for the perks,” one blue eyed soldier from Kansas told me, “I do this to protect my family and to protect my home.”
That’s another thing many people don’t consider. The families of Veterans also deserve thanks. The love and support they provide for their troops and the sacrifice of learning to live without their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands or wives is a huge sacrifice. I can only imagine the toll it takes on families when their soldier is deployed. The mere idea of their soldier not returning could be crippling, but these families move forward.
It doesn’t matter why they enlisted! In the army you aren’t separated by intentions of enlistment, in the end those who came to serve or for personal or financial gain will be in the same battalion, will fight the same enemy and will save the same America that they love.
I implore you to take the time out your day and do something for the troops and veterans who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have. While many of you may want to argue that our freedoms are indeed limiting, consider living in South Africa as a black person or China as a women. We have it GOOD over here! it’s probably not all milk and honey and ridiculous wealth, but it’s coveted by so many people over the world, we must take pride!!
What can you do to help?
Educate yourself and others! For further reading and some stats on Veterena’s day go here.
Reach out! You can also sign up for the same org I am a part of Adopt a Soldier
Do something! NOW! If you don’t have the time for a long term commitment like adopting a soldier. Get together with your family, your house, your fraternity or sorority or even your coworkers and make a few care packages to send to th troops. Check out more info here at Any Soldier
Thank you to our troops, our vets and all of our armed forces. I love you and your sacrifices don’t go unnoticed!