Ghost Ranger
A long haired, rednecked Indian Cowboy

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day, a US Public Holiday, but what do you know about it? It is known in Britain as Armistice Day. It is also known as Remembrance Day. They are all celebrated on 11 November but celebrated differently. In the US it is to commemorate living veterans, in other countries to remember the end of the war and to remember the fallen. I had the privilege to be in England one November when Armistice Day was celebrated. I witnessed as families visited the departed family heroes who had undergone such great hardship during the First World War. Real and paper poppies were on display everywhere. I was schooled in the proper wearing of the poppy. I heard the poem “In Flanders Field” for the first time. The following year I went to Belgium to participate in the celebration there. I was not a man who easily showed emotions, but that experience evoked something inside this warrior, a greater meaning of the word freedom, a respect for those who had fought democracy’s enemy before me. As I watched the families paying their respects in front of the white headstones, I realized that it wasn’t just respect they were making, it was teaching each generation what the cost of freedom was and is.
US Veterans can get a little bronze flat plaque placed on their grave from the VA (or a flat granite and marble marker, or an upright marble or granite). It is simple, Name, Rank, Branch, War, date of birth, date of death, and a short inscription. You need only read to read the inscriptions to see that they meant something to someone. The inscriptions in Flanders’ Field are the same, limited number of characters, limited number of lines, just a brief note about often brief lives. Take your family to the nearest Veteran’s Cemetery, or visit the graves of your veteran ancestors. Show the next generation what price we have paid for freedom.
Too many today are scared to stand up for freedom, but too many are lying in their graves for defending it. War is a bad thing but tyranny is worse. Every soldier hates war but they do it so that others may live free. Soldiers don’t go looking for war; it is thrust upon them by despots and political systems that are the antithesis of freedom. Communism, socialism, islam, globalism all want to reduce individualism to the lowest common denominator, but invariably an elitist group will take control and all under their rule will become slaves of the State.
Election Day is before Veteran’s day. I would suggest it be moved to after Remembrance Day so that the voters can be reminded just how vital their votes are and remember that their vote is either for freedom or servitude.
In Flanders Fields
BY John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
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