Veteran’s Day with my veteran

11 Nov

Today was a beautiful day to celebrate Veteran’s Day. In a way, probably because I am married to an amazing veteran, it is becoming a more special national holiday to me than July 4th. It is not about a day off work, a day to drink, or a day to watch fireworks. It is a day set aside every year to honor those who have gone off to war in the name of America.

Many people these days despise war. I’m not sure they understand it, because honestly, who could who hasn’t been there? If all you see is what the media tells you, do you know the reality? Does the American military simply go overseas to expand our empire and kill helpless citizens? Is it so horrible that every veteran comes back with PTSD and a knack for homelessness?

I think a lot of these misconceptions hurt our military because they come back to a nation that doesn’t really want to accept the truth. That the US uses our military to take care of other nations. That they have to be trained in war because certain people in other countries do not pay attention to humane laws of treatment. Our military are also our protectors, because we are not an isolated country. We allow our citizens to have extreme free will, and not everyone in this world agrees with that.

Because I am a huge fan of the Atlanta History Center these days, I was pretty excited to hear about their Veteran’s Day ceremony and lunch in their new Veteran’s Park. Dave and his mother joined me and Walt, and it was beautiful. The National Anthem was sung so wonderfully it gave me the chills and I almost got teary. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m not sure I’ve had to remember that since elementary school, when we stood up and said it every morning after announcements. It felt good to stand with a group who are truly patriotic and repeat it together. It’s like singing a really great song with your congregation on Sunday mornings. Then there was a prayer (which started, “If you are comfortable, please pray with me” which I thought was very inclusive. Easy to tune out if you wanted to!), and a keynote speech by a very nice General who is now a Police Chief somewhere. We also met WWII veterans.

Veteran's Day 1
Walt actually behaved himself, except during the moment of silence when he said “BANANA!”

Veteran's Day 2
They had all the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were there stand up in front. I was one proud wife!

Veteran's Day 3
He actually chucked one of those at a Vietnam vet.

Veteran's Day 4
OORAH!

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