To Love a Cause Greater Than Self
This week, our nation and other nations, honor those Veterans who have served our armed forces to provide us the freedom we now enjoy. It is a time as well when we pay tribute to those family members who stood by them. We thank God for such courageous and unselfish people.
This holiday, Veterans Day, was initially recognized to honor those who served in the First World War which ended at 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. We know that it was not a “war to end all wars.” It was called Armistice Day and was changed in 1954 by an Act of Congress to be called Veterans Day. That October, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the general who led the Allies to victory in Europe, called on all citizens to “observe the day by remembering the sacrifices of all those who fought so gallantly, and through rededication to the task of promoting a lasting peace.” I noticed this past week while in Canada, citizens wearing a lapel poppy flower in remembrance of their people who served in the same war. For the Canadians, it is called “Remembrance Day” and they are doing just that!