Remembrance Day 2015

Today is Veteran’s Day,  known as Remembrance Day in other countries that participated in “The Ware to end all Wars.” I feel Remembrance Day is a more appropriate. It’s a day for remembering, with solemnity, the sacrifices made by all those who have worn the uniform of their respective country, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives. All who have worn their nation’s uniform have made sacrifices, some willingly, some less than willingly.

This day originally commemorated the Armistice that concluded the War to end all Wars. I think about the six hours that elapsed between the signing of the Armistice and when it took effect. As of 5 AM, November 11, 1918, the war was effectively over and there was no tactical or strategic advantage to be gained by either side. Yet soldiers were ordered into combat for one final battle and thousands died so that the generals might gain symbolic victories to bolster their egos and their war records.

It’s a harsh and unfortunate reality that soldiers die for duty, honor, and a cause they believe in but no soldier should ever have to lay down his life for the glory or petty vanity of a general or a politician. At the 11th hour today, please observe a moment of silence for all who have made the supreme sacrifice for their countries and pray that they died for a noble cause and didn’t die in vain or for vanity.

Please don’t wish me a “Happy Veterans’ Day” on this solemn occasion as the day is not a cause for celebration. And don’t thank me for my service. I’m uncomfortable with that and all the rhetoric that surrounds it. If I served to defend your freedom then I apparently failed in my task.

Freedom isn’t free but it doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun. Freedom comes from ordinary citizens responsibly exercising their rights of free speech and assembly, their right to air their grievances and to vote for their representatives and leaders. Freedom comes from holding our elected officials accountable for their actions when they fail to serve the citizens. As a nation we have already handed over far too much of our freedom to elected officials owned by corporations and special interests in exchange for hollow promises of security. We are no safer and we are no longer free. We are a nation living in fear and a nation living is fear is not a free nation.

Freedom isn’t free … every citizen has to work for it.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

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  1. If you want to thank me for my service then show me that my service wasn’t in vain. Use your freedoms. Keep yourself informed about the candidates and the issues, even those that go against your ideology. Hold your elected officials accountable for their actions and their policies, especially when they do not serve the citizenry. The Supreme Court may have ruled that corporations are people but they are still not citizens and only vote with their dollars. If your vote can be bought then you are part of the problem and are just as corrupt as the politicians they hold in their pockets. Freedom doesn’t come out the barrel of a gun. It comes from the active participation of every citizen in the governing process. We only have as much freedom as we allow ourselves.

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