Happy Veteran’s Day: A Reflection on Ending Wars

Today many are off in observance of Veteran’s Day. And we always talk about how much veterans and soliders do for our country, but never really acknowledge them like we should.  So I decided to look at the history of Veteran’s Day and discovered we can learn a lot from our countries men and women in service. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs:

“World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of ‘the war to end all wars.’

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: ‘To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…’”

Deep stuff I know.  And with November being a time of reflection, for us at Dynamo at least; this Veteran’s Day is especially important.  Not only do we have soldiers coming home currently due to wars ending overseas, we also have successfully ended the bid for the 2012 Presidential Election.  Of course the winner was none other than the person we have to thank for soliders coming home and reuniting with families, President Barack Obama :-) But today is about the soliders, lol. Veteran’s Day teaches us that just as important as fighting a war is also ending a war.  Remember the whole point of battle is to enrich your opponent, win or lose.  Agreeing to disagree makes us the nation that we are and probably explains why we’re usually winners :-)

Moral of the Story: Congrats President Obama for four more years! I mean, congrats to all the brave men and women that defend our nation :-)   On this Veteran’s Day, we can all take note and learn that just important as entering a war is also ending a war.  I think most people who like to avoid war altogether, don’t realize that sometimes this backlash comes out on our soliders.  As we know from life there are times when you must battle, it’s the ending of the battle that justifies the means though.  Being a fighter doesn’t make you tough, knowing when to say enough is enough does.  Shoutout to the brave men and women on the battle field that fight and cease arms when enough is enough. On this day to honor veterans, we salute you! xx

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