Today is unusually cold, windy, and rainy here in Southern California, and the weather appropriately underscores the somber tone of Veteran’s Day, a time for introspection and remembrance. It has now become second nature that we are conscious of security and protection of our own borders, and we will do whatever it takes to defend them, yet guardedly open them to those who want to join us and be an honest and faithful part of our American fabric.
Wherever we work, play, or spend time with our families and friends, we all have stories we pass on involving the bravery and selflessness of those taking care of America’s business. Encouragingly, America is coming to realize the significance of the contributions, commitment, and dedication of Veterans. Hopefully those sentiments can be expressed to the Veterans who have suffered the most from the sacrifices they made on behalf of all Americans: those who lie in VA hospitals and rehab centers everywhere, whose lives were forever shattered while they bravely gave of themselves without considering the consequences.
Let’s all take a moment to pray for the Veterans of America’s Armed Forces this Veteran’s Day, and pledge to try to return the favor by contributing to those Veterans in need.
Jack Kemejuk 1968-74
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty” -- John F. Kennedy