The eleventh day of November is a special day. In the United States, the day is called Veterans Day. In some other parts of the world, it is called Remembrance Day, a day to honor military folk, who served during war.
This day draws the nation's attention to the sacrifices made by its war heroes. Americans express their collective pride for the armed forces.
Mark TwainVeterans Day: A Background
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
The most persistent sound, which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.
America's veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.
On November 11, 1918, the First World War officially ended. A year later, American President Woodrow Wilson formerly instituted Armistice Day to honor the brave hearts, who were martyred during the war. However, Second World War veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama had a different vision. In 1945, Weeks announced that 11 November should honor all war veterans. Hence two years later, the first Veterans Day was observed, paying tribute to all those who served the military during war. Veterans Day is now a federal holiday across America.
Veterans Day Celebrations in America
On this day, military veterans are awarded medals and honors for their selfless hard work. At 11 a.m., the ceremony begins with the official wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a colorful parade by various veteran's service organizations, and speeches made by dignitaries. Elsewhere, states conduct their own parades, honoring brave military personnel, who served during wartime and peacetime.
Gary HartCelebrating Courage Under Fire
I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.
Michel de Montaigne
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
Writer George Orwell made a moving comment on civilians' attitude to the military when he said, "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." Author Mark Twain also brought out the tragedy of being in a war. Twain wrote, "Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
Remember these famous Veterans Day quotes when you offer your opinion during a conversation on war, peace, and the military. War is certainly not a game for the men and women who have to show courage under fire.
Remember Your War Heroes
If you love poetry, spare a moment to read Tommy, a classic poem by Rudyard Kipling. The poem talks about the public's hypocritical attitude to the common soldier, typified by Tommy Atkins. Towards the end of the poem, Kipling writes,
"It's Tommy this, and Tommy that,Kipling may have been describing military life in Britain, but the poem has universal significance. Around the world, we fail to give our military heroes their due. As you read some Veterans Day quotations from poems, you will gain insight into the lives and motivations of those serving in the military.
And chuck him out the brute,
But it's 'Savior of his Country,'
When the guns begin to shoot."
To be free and to have a choice and a voice means that veterans have been quieted through death.
Henry Ward Beecher
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?
The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.