As we run down 2011 and make our way head-first into 2012 and what is likely to be a dirty-fighting, mud-slinging, exhausting political campaign year it’s important to step back and reflect on what (and who) really made this country what it is today.
Without our veterans, there would be no republicans or democrats. Without our veterans, there would be no 1%, and there would be no 99%. There would be no liberals, no conservatives, no independents, no right-wingers, left-wingers, or in-betweeners. There would be no us.
When politics comes into play it’s easy to take sides and to turn against your closest friend just because they have the nerve to disagree with you, but it’s important to remember that without veterans, none of it would be possible. Hopefully on this day we can step back from an “us” vs. “them” mentality and all remember together who the truly important people in this country are and how much we owe to them.
One day is not enough, but at this point it is what we have, so let’s use it wisely.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the history of Veterans Day or what its true meaning is, I strongly encourage you to check out this link. It’s a great look into the rich history of our great nation.