Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Traditionally, I would ride to the Logan National Cemetery in the west side of the Denver Metro area and pay my respects to the many veterans buried there on Veteran's Day.

Lacking my Ural sidecar rig, Natasha and having to work, will curtail that activity for me this year.

Picture from last year's ride to Honor an American Serviceman

Still, I ask you to remember and honor the veterans who've served this country so well, those that gave their all serving the nation in its many wars and in peacetime, and finally those men and women currently in harm's way overseas.

I thank all veterans for their service, and inter-service rivalries aside, couldn't possible imagine a better representation of what makes my adoptive homeland one of the greatest countries in the world.  A country I am proud to have served in my own meager fashion.

I leave you with this, easily found in a myriad sites across the Internet, which pretty much says it all:


It is the Soldier, not the minister

Who has given us freedom of religion.



It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.



It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.



It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.



It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.



It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.


It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.



Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

The National Colors fly at my house today, do they at yours?

3 comments:

Steve Williams said...

Thanks for the reminders of the day.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

cpa3485 said...

Very Nice sentiments. Thanks Dom.

George F said...

Very nicely said. A lot of people today don't even know what the meaning of Veteran's Day is.