Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

 
Joseph Ambrose, World War I veteran (86 years old in this photograph), attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

I Honor Back

You have seen the truth
And held your brother’s hand
You bled your way through dust and wind
In some strange and foreign land

Miles in the darkness
With courage by your side
You brought the battle to them
So we can sleep at night

You honored me
With your strength
With your faith
With your fearlessness and grace
And through it all you held the flag
You honored me
Now I honor back

How can I repay a priceless sacrifice?
‘Cause some something short of everything
Just wouldn’t seem polite

You honored me
With your strength
With your faith
With your fearlessness and grace
And through it all you held the flag
You honored me
Now I honor back

With a song
And hope that it might make you feel right
When you feel wrong
‘Cause you’re a hero
Even if sometimes it feels as if you’re gone

You honored me
With your strength
With your faith
With your fearlessness and grace
And through it all you held the flag
You honored me
Now I honor back

With all my heart
With all my love
And pray that it might be enough
So you will know I understand
You honored me
Now I honor back
You honored me
I honor back

Lyrics by Jon David Kahn

Every year on November 11, Veterans Day is celebrated in the USA. This public holiday is dedicated to countless men who fought for America in wars all over the world. 

The origin of this holiday dates back to November 11, 1918, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. This day was regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars".

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

You cannot thank them enough. Make every day Veterans Day.

Dominique Allmon

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