|YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 11, 2008) Sailors from Fleet Activities Yokosuka prepare to pass the flag during the Veterans Day ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Veterans Day is a national holiday observed on Nov. 11, honoring America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Charles Oki/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.That part about honoring our veterans is what often seems to get lost. It isn't something we can be content to say we do; it requires us to actually do something. It requires a real commitment that leads to sustained action.
With that it mind, I'll echo what I wrote on Veterans Day of 2012 by suggesting that we take a moment to recognize that we Americans seem to have settled for a costly state of perpetual war, with all that entails. This ensures a steady supply of causalities and future veterans. These men and women will need our support when they return. And so I'll also suggest that we must be ready and willing to compel our elected officials to fund veterans' services. The new Republican majority in Congress may make that more challenging, but that cannot be an excuse for inaction. And once again, I'll recommend that we support the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for the important work they are doing to keep the military secular.
Most of all, I want to thank those of you who have served on our behalf. This is your day, and we owe you not just gratitude but tangible support.
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