November 11, 2016
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11th, honoring all military veterans – that is, all who served in the United States Armed Forces….from World War I, which ended 98 years ago, on November 11, 1918….through nearly a century of history and conflict, to today.
(Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day, observed at the end of May each year, honors those who died while in military service.)
The iconic quotation by G. K. Chesterton encapsulates the attitude of those who have served, and serve today:
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.
An enduring tradition: Joseph Ambrose, then, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.