Today is both Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day. It's a time to remember those who have sacrificed for our countries to preserve our freedoms. I have some quotations I thought were appropriate for the day, as well as the links below. In the United States, Veteran's Day is for thanking all the men and women who have served honorably in military service during times of war and peace.
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ~John F. Kennedy
We must remember that many who served in our military never lived to be called veterans. We must remember many had their lives changed forever by experiences or the injuries of combat. All veterans are examples of service and citizenship for every American to remember and to follow.
~President George W. Bush, Oct. 30, 2001
>From the poem "Pieces of Your Heart by Jerry Ewen
Each death leaves the weight of terrible knowledge.
You were with him, now he is gone, and his family still believes he is alive.
To each need you give...and give...and give.
Until there is nothing left of you.
Then you try...and try...and try.
Giving from where there is nothing left, a dry wasteland forms in your heart.
Your body came home, your spirit stayed.
Hating the place, you ache desperately to go back.
Going through the motions of years, surviving, remembering, pain is heavy around your heart.
"Where are they now? "
The beautiful and haunting Taps:
The words to In Flanders Fields