The word “happy” doesn’t quite seem appropriate when paired with Veterans Day. Veterans Day is a holiday to honor people who have made tremendous, sometimes unfathomable, sacrifices for the good of everyone in this country. “Happy” seems particularly insufficient in light of that. And yet, it is a happy day. We honor our veterans by thanking them and acknowledging their sacrifices and efforts and, maybe it’s just me, but this year there seems to be more honoring of veterans going on than I recall every taking place in previous years.
Of course, here in Fayetteville, we are smack dab in the middle of the Heroes Homecoming celebration to finally honor the service of Vietnam veterans. Events have been taking place all week and even more are still to come and every school I’ve driven past has “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” on its sign. It is truly heartwarming. So I thought that maybe my perspective was skewed from being in such a patriotic community, but talking with friends elsewhere they say they’ve noticed more support for veterans in their communities this year, too. Maybe it has something to do with the end of the Iraq War. Whatever the reason, honoring veterans is a great thing and I hope this is a trend that will continue into the future.
It’s a beautiful fall day here in North Carolina. The fall colors seem more vibrant this year and the weather couldn’t be nicer. In my house we’re all enjoying our Veterans Day holiday, and I hope you all are, too.
I was asked to write about military spouses and Veterans Day for The War Report and that commentary is up right now. So, instead of spending this gorgeous day tied to my computer writing something else about Veterans Day, I’m just going to link to that piece and my husband and I are going to take the kids downtown to see some of the Heroes Homecoming exhibits and to enjoy this beautiful fall day. Happy Veterans Day, everyone!