Friday, November 11, 2011


Today, November 11, is known as Veteran's Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada and the Commonwealth Nations, and Armistice Day in other countries. It recognizes the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Today is a holiday, and in the U.S., it is used to recognize veterans of military service. I also use it as a day to recognize the heroes in my life, who protect and serve me, my neighbors, and residents of the community, county, state, and country where I live.

My heroes are...

... many who have served or currently serve with honor:
  • My father, who served valiantly in World War II in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.
  • My mother, who braved the home front. At the time my Dad was serving in the U.S. Army during WWII, she was raising five children. My mother has even more "hero honors" for raising 15 children in total, particularly as difficult as it was after my father died when I was 12 years old.
  • Nine uncles who also served in World War II. Thankfully, they all survived and returned home.
  • Four brothers who served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force, respectively.
  • My twin brother, J, who served our country with honor and distinction for 30 years.
  • Dozens of cousins who have also served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including two cousins serving in Afghanistan today. May they also return home safely to their wives and children.
  • One of my best friends who is a leader in our county's Fire Department, and with whom I work closely on life-safety issues to keep our community and its residents -- particularly seniors -- safe.
  • Two cops with whom I serve on a community task force to deal with alternatives to gangs and gang violence and malicious destruction.
  • My partner, who in my eyes is a hero in how he cares for his aging mother, and me, too. What a trooper!
  • Many more, unnammed and not yet met, who through their public service, make our lives better, brighter, and safer each and every day.
I give a salute to my heroes, and to all who give their best to do their duty to serve, protect, and defend the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom isn't free, and the costs paid to protect our freedoms are dear. Bless you for your service.

Life is short: pay tribute to those who have served or are serving through selfless spirit, commitment, and dedication.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm no hero compared with you. Thanks for the shout-out, bro. I give my honors to our Dad, uncles, and brothers who served in the military.

I also hold you in hero status, too.

Love you,