>> 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.