Wow - Veterans Day posts are difficult to write. I hadn't anticipated that. I have easily gone through 3 or more that were no good.
Yesterday I got our local newspaper and in it was an insert listing all of the veterans and active duty servicemen from Evanston. It surprised me how many men and women have come from our small town to serve in conflicts across the world. To them we all owe a deep debt of gratitude. I am grateful that neither my parents or my generation have been compelled to go to war and have been able to live our lives thus far without the ravages of war being in our homes.
There is one thing that puzzles me. You don't have to be all that perceptive to pick up on the number of radio and television ads practically begging us to go in to the armed services which glorify war and tell us about all of the cool gadgets we get to play with and the places we get to go see. Today, much like yesterday, I am certain that there will be more than one music montage on a news broadcast honoring veterans that is without the veterans themselves. It is not a pretty sight to show men with missing limbs or cemeteries that are full of lives cut short. There is not likely to be any live news feed from the over-crowded Veterans hospital where our men and women who have risked everything for our country receive less than adequate help and are often turned away receiving treatment in rations. I doubt they will interview the young widow with several kids trying to make ends meet and somehow explain where daddy went to the kids.
We love to glorify war in our country but the results of war are always hidden from us. We seldom ever see or personally experience the destruction that war brings to the soldiers and their families. On this Veterans Day I would ask that you honor the vets and not wars. Hopefully, at some point in the not too distant future we will realize that these wars are unnecessary and only serve to put us in more danger.
To the veterans - Thank you and God bless.