Today is a special day. For many, it’s a sad day, but for me it’s a day for celebration. Today is Veterans Day.
But how can you be in a festive mood on such a somber day of remembrance?
It’s really not that hard once you put it all together.
We have lost so many lives of those serving in war today just as we have of those serving in the past. And, in addition to those who’ve died fighting any of the wars, conflicts, battles and operations America has taken part in, we are losing those who fought and made it home alive. Each year we lose more and more of the living history that has not only helped protect the freedoms of not just Americans but other countries as well. We might have won the war, be we are still losing in the end.
Again, you might ask “How can you be happy on a day like today, remembering what loss America takes?” My answer is simple…
Not only do we pay homage to the veterans of past and present, but during the month of November, we too celebrate what we have to be grateful for. Why not start that celebration today?
We have hundreds of thousands of troops serving in contingencies, operations and war every day. I celebrate their lives so their sacrifice is not in vain. In addition to serving in harm’s way, we have millions serving or will be serving stateside, waiting to take part and carry the torch passed to us by the greatest generation. That is definitely cause for celebration.
The fact is, we get so caught up in the losses we have taken over the years, it becomes harder to see that there is so much to be thankful for during this day. So much to celebrate.
Yes, it is a sad day, but they did not live sad lives and when those of this generation come home, they need us to be there with smiles on our faces and open arms to take them in until they are whole again. They need us to love and be happy and celebrate their return; to listen to their stories.
For if we only focus on the losses, why is it worth fighting for?