A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve – is someone who at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’
That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.
Links to some good information:
History of Veteran’s Day: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/veteransday1.html
Women Veterans: http://www.infoplease.com/us/military/number-women-veterans.html
Arlington National Cemetary: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0194026.html
Tomb of the Unknowns: http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0850115.html
To all my fellow veterans: Have a good Veteran’s Day. We all should take time to remember the fallen and continue to support those still serving.
SFC Cheryl McElroy
US ARMY (RET)