Veteran’s Day 2015 is an opportunity to remember the great achievements and sacrifices of the American fighting forces in every American military conflict since the nation was founded in 1776.
Every man and woman who has served in the United States of America military is remembered on this sacred day. Washington, the District of Columbia, is the center for the greatest military memorials in the nation. Those memorials are memories. Memories of what was done to preserve freedom for the greatest nation on earth.
When terrorists capture and disarm American soldiers they frequently photograph or videotape them in an attempt to force them to say or do something to dishonor their country. Many brave American soldiers have died while refusing to dishonor their country for terrorist propaganda. They would rather die than to give up their principles or to dishonor their oath to protect and defend their nation.
In the classic film, Glory, there is a scene that depicts the moments before Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is about to lead his courageous Massachusetts 54th regiment across the sand dunes toward Ft. Wagoner. Shaw knows it is a mission that will kill many of his men. He asks a journalist to record and report what the 54th does that day. He wants the world to know how bravely his men faced death. President Abraham Lincoln remembered that moment that had a major impact on a war that took the lives of 500,000 Americans.
The memory of what the brave men and women of the United States of America did to preserve freedom is the meaning of Veteran’s Day. Those who came home in victory after defeating a man who led a country that murdered six million innocent men, women, and children was one of the greatest moments in American history.
A picture does speak a thousand words. The picture of the World War II United States of America veteran who reached out to the first beautiful American woman he saw and gave her the biggest and most passionate kiss he could give is remembered 70 years after the great war ended.
The National Guard Museum on Massachusetts and North Capitol Street, NW, is a great place to see what the brave men and women of America did to make their nation free. The museum is a fantastic structure filled with moments captured in time. Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Day is a time to pause and say, “Thank you for your service.”
Veteran’s Day 2015 will be on Wednesday November 11, 2015.
Next up: U.S. Veteran’s Initiative honors and cares for United States Veterans 365 days of the year.