Taking a break to remember

>> Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's Veteran's Day today. Normally I would try to educate you on the many different HFCS-containing foods on your grocery store shelves, share a recipe, or educate myself by doing a nutrition post. But today is bigger than that. Today is a day to remember and honor all those who sacrificed and who fought to make our world a better place.

I've got a lot of veterans in my family - a grandfather who served in WWI (who I never met, but the stories I hear about him - wow!), uncles and a grandfather-in-law who served in major battles of WWII (and could barely talk about their experiences decades later because they were still so raw from the experience), a father who served on submarines during the Cold War, and more recently a nephew who fought in Iraq while still just a teen. This day means something to me, and I have to admit that when I sit down and think about this day and what it means, I get a little choked up.

This day originally marked the cessation of fighting between the Allied forces and Germany on November 11, 1918. President Wilson declared the day Armistice Day a year later. In 1954, President Eisenhower renamed the day Veteran's Day to honor all that have fought for our country. Several other countries celebrate Remembrance Day to honor their veterans.

For many people, today is a day without mail, a day to take advantage of sales in stores, or maybe a day off of work. And that's fine. But, take a moment to remember why we have this day. This day is important. And if you know a veteran, take a moment to let them know that you appreciate what they did for our country.


Lori November 11, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

Beautiful, cathy. Thanks for the reminder. Veterans in my family as well.

Real Tech Mom November 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM  

Beautiful post Cathy, there are so many of us who have no idea what it's like to have hardships because of war in our country, most wars we hear about are over seas. There are so many sacrifices that soldiers go through to protect us. So many things they see, so we don't have to. I agree most people look at this day as a "day off" but it's our job as mothers to educate our children about the importance of those people who died for us.

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. November 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM  

thanks Cathy. We should all take time to remember and thank a veteran

Mark November 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM  

Very nice! Thank you! Enjoy your day!

Rachel November 12, 2008 at 2:35 AM  

Thank you for the lovely post.

Anonymous December 3, 2011 at 3:40 AM  

To my mind one and all must go through this.

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