Every year on November 11 we honor those who served and are serving our great nation. Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day in 1918, marked the end of World War 1 on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month”. In 1954 it was changed to what we all know as Veterans Day. On this day we honor all veterans, which is why there is not the “possessive” apostrophe instead plural form. It is not a day belonging to Veterans, but a day honoring all veterans. A day to honor those who have or are “serving” in the military. Service, by definition is “the action of helping or doing work for someone”. In this case the work being done is protecting the citizens of this country. It IS putting the safety and wellbeing of others ahead of your own.
The Corteva Veterans Network highlighted the story of Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Candy Bomber last year on Veterans Day. His story embodies this theme of service. Below is an excerpt from his foundation’s website we find very fitting.
In Gail’s own words:
“My experience on the Airlift taught me that gratitude, hope, and service before self can bring happiness to the soul when the opposite brings despair. Because not one of 30 children begged for chocolate, thousands of children in Berlin received over 20 tons of chocolate, gum and other goodies, delivered on the ground, or dropped from C-54 Skymaster aircraft over a 14-month period.” For more information on Gail Halvorsen, go to https://www.thecandybomber.org/gails-story/
Take time not just on November 11, but frequently throughout the year to appreciate those who have helped protect and preserve this place we call The United States of America! God Bless America!
In remembrance of Marine Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez (whose father worked at the Dairyland Wabash, Indiana, warehouse) who lost his life in service to our country August 2021.