[November 11, 2021] For more than two centuries, ordinary men and women held their hands up as they were sworn to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” From that small beginning, our Veterans began a journey that took them where very few go.
Why do people, and our society, look up to our Veterans? The answer is simple: because of their values. Through two and a half thousand years of recorded history, the greatest glory a man could achieve was on the battlefield. The Spartan Hoplite, the bowman at Agincourt, and the Marine at Belleau Wood were esteemed for the same reason. Back home, theirs was the seat of honor.
The Veteran celebrates praiseworthy virtues. Honor, excellence, accountability, integrity, commitment, discipline, respect for tradition, and courage. Some call these values “old”; the wise call them “proven.”
Our society flees discomfort, to say nothing of danger. As you know, our military specializes in discomfort! It runs to danger! America is forgetting a human truth that our Veterans have not: the greatest things are always the hardest things.
Our military is a fighting force, but even more a fighting spirit. We have jets and artillery, but our values are our greatest weapons. We stand watch as guardians of an unmatched tradition. Be courageous. Speak the truth even if you are the only one who will. Preserve, nurture and spread our virtues in a land where they are scarce.
Today, is the one day set aside by the U.S. Congress to honor our Living Veterans. Take the time to thank a Vet today for defending all the good things America offers, and that we all enjoy.