"At the core, the American soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful." - Stephen Ambrose
Blogging will be somewhat light today. I am going to the rededication of Soldier Field today and I won't be blogging tonight as I'll probably be standing on the bar at Dublin's Pub loudly toasting the men and women of our military and singing drinking songs. Heh. Maybe blogging will be light tomorrow, too...
God bless the Marines, the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Air Force! You are my brothers and sisters and I am honored to have been counted among you.
Throughout the day I will continue to update a round up of Veterans Day posts you might enjoy:
Donald Sensing has a great post on Veterans Day.
Fool's Blog has a lot of posts about Veterans Day and includes a link to send our military men and women fighting the War on Terror a message.
The Smarter Cop has a message for veterans today.
Paul at Sanity's Edge has a post on Veterans Day.
Frank J. has a thank you to vets buried in some more Bite Sized Wisdom. I want to see Rumsfeld and Rangel in a celebrity boxing match (not an In My World, but for real).
DANEgerus has a post on Armstice Day which became Veterans Day.
An Air Force Major writes "I Am A Veteran".
Updates at 1PM:
From the Lop Sided Poopdeck, the story of the Army's First Female Company. Great story!
From New York Newsday: This story is about a Muslim American soldier, wounded in Iraq. Thanks to Tanker Schreiber for the link.
From the Chicago Tribune:Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark a joyous moment ending the Great War. At 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Allied forces began honoring a cease-fire agreement with Germany that had been signed in the Forest of Compiegne near the tiny French village of Rethondes. Whistles blew, bands blared and the world rejoiced. The "war to end all wars" had finally ceased after four years of killing.
But this Great War gained its numerical designation, World War I, after the world erupted again in killing and flames. The armistice and the day to honor a peaceful future did not hold. Ultimately, after the even greater sacrifices of World War II and then the Korean War, Armistice Day was rechristened Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all those who have served their nation.
"On that day," read President Dwight D. Eisenhower's proclamation, "let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
Those words echo through the decades and resonate for a nation at war in 2003. On this Veterans Day, take a moment to honor all those who have served and sacrificed in this war and in all the wars before
The following are official messages: