Is it just me, or is Veteran's Day noticed by more people than it used to be? I know that it is much more present and meaningful to me than it used to be. I'm unsure if that just happens as one gets a little older and has a different perspective on life, or if everyone is observing it a bit more. I hope the latter is true. That would be, I think, a hopeful sign. If we could collectively celebrate a holiday that enriches no one and from which we get no tangible return, that could be healing.
Veteran's Day seems like a wonderful candidate for us to all come together as Americans and thank those who served. There's no ideology or religious tribalism in that.
Today, I walked out into the lobby of my school and saw a very elderly man in his WWII uniform. Two young students had been sent to greet him. The man's college-age granddaughter was there as well. It was really quite moving to see the generations like that. Who knows how different--and better--these young lives are because of what that gentleman--and thousands like him--did. When he was his granddaughter's age, how different was his life from hers?
I could go on and on, and on these occasions, trying to articulate sacred thoughts into words is to tempt the maudlin and the cliche. So, I'll stop by simply saying: Thank you. Then and now. All of you. God bless you.
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