November 10. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” (Margaret Thatcher)
November 11. “Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” (Madeline Bridges)
We had a hectic weekend, and I slipped behind a bit in my writing. Today I am combining two quotes for one post because as I read them, and consider the date, it makes sense to do so.
Today is Veterans Day in the United States. Originally set up to honor those who died in World War I, the commemoration with this date was later expanded to honor all veterans who have served in all branches of the military. It is on this day that we should all pause and remember those who sacrificed that we might have freedom.
Some sacrificed their lives, some sacrificed their long-term health. All sacrificed a part of their lives for us. Our nation, and all the Nations that celebrate Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Veterans Day owe an unpayable debt of gratitude to the men and women who served.
As I was reading the quotes for today, both struck me as appropriate to the date. In the first, the former Prime Minister of England, Margaret Thatcher, reminds us that some battles cannot be won on the first try. Sometimes, in order to achieve victory, we must persevere through multiple battles over the same space, the same idea, and even the same foe. When I think about Veterans Day, I think about all of the wars and conflicts that have been fought over the life if my Country. We fought for our independence, and then fought many times to preserve and maintain the idea and sovereignty of the country. And, we continue to fight today.
When the call has gone out to defend liberty and the innocent lives of victimized people, our fine military has responded. So many times, in so many places, they have given their best so that the best of others could shine through.
Today my reflection is on those who have served. Today I stand and salute all those who have served for their country. Thank you all!