Sunday November 11, 2012, 8:20 am
Because November 11 is the day of the armistice ending WWI, both the US and Canada honor troops on that day. While Remembrance Day in Canada focuses primarily on those who gave their lives, Veterans Dan in the US Focuses primarily on those who served and returned.
Sunday November 11, 2012, 8:47 am
Thank you, Tom for this. Went to the local Veteran's Day Parade yesterday, (had coffee and a sandwich in the Military Canteen), marched in formation with other Vets, cadenced by a retired MSGT, USMC, and stood in recognition while the Armed Forces Medley was played. I did get choked up with tears, at the flyover with the Missing Man Formation, and Taps played by a Veteran (Navy) on the bagpipes. It's a solemn occasion, one that I am thankful I can participate in. Thank you Veterans, for YOUR service.!!!
Sunday November 11, 2012, 2:05 pm
In Canada, Remembrance Day was originally know as Armistice Day but it was changed as the "war to end all wars" was not the last. . . . WWII, the Korean conflict (there was actually no declaration of war — North Korea invaded South Korea and then on 25 June 1950, the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned the North's invasion of the South, with United Nations Security Council Resolution 82 and the UN then provided support to South Korea in their civil war with the North), Afghanistan, peacekeeping in Cyprus, Rwanda, the Balkans, and other places. The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) has said that Remembrance Day is now a day of "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace."
We ask our soldiers to do the most horrendous thing — kill another human being — but not just once, but over and over again. Yet when they return home, there isn't enough support, whether it be medical, financial especially in this economy, or moral support in dealing with all the trauma and then trying to fit in a civilian life where rules are not always so clear cut.
Whether a veteran returns in a body bag, or walks off that troop carrier seemingly whole, we OWE all veterans a debt of gratitude and support.
Peace be upon all!
Above, I spoke from a Canadian perspective as to the "wars" listed. Canada was not involved in the Vietnam War although some Canadians did enlist in the US military to fight in Vietnam. That said, those who fought for their country in Vietnam are deserving of respect, honour and all medical, financial and moral support that should be for ALL military. These Vietnam vets answered the call of their country, many, too many paying the ultimate price with their lives.
Sunday November 11, 2012, 3:44 pm
I was just wondering..are "private contractors" who are hired by the Military-Industrial Complex considered "veterans" or not? I suppose not, yet they "serve"...usually for MUCH higher pay.
Sunday November 11, 2012, 10:13 pm
Thanks TomCat - we owe such an enormous debt to those who gave their lives and or their health to keep us safe. I get rather indignant if people don't recognise that fact and tend to put them straight with facts that seem to have passed them by(!).
As you say - we owe it to those who come back from wars to make sure they DO have good health care and good housing after all the horrors they have been through, and to not be like the Right Wing who sabre rattle and cut benefits!