First known as Armistice Day, this day was set aside to honor the end of hostilities on the western front of World War One. The armistice took effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Following WWII its designation was changed to Veterans Day.
How naive our leaders were for they called WWI the war to end all wars, yet in only two decades WWII was in the making. We have put our troops in harms way many times since that day, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Panama, Grenada, Iraq, Bosnia, and Afghanistan to name a few. Our troops always go as ordered, that is their job.
Whether we as individuals agree with the actions of our government, it is always imperative that we support our fighting men and women. We cannot have another Viet Nam, where our troops returned only to find that many of our people mistreated them for doing the job that in many cases they had no choice but to do.
Today let us honor our troops, both past and present. They perform a service that without which we would not have the freedoms we so dearly cherish.
This photo is a memorial to our first local casualty in the current action in Iraq. The memorial is on his parent’s barn. Christopher was an army scout only in Iraq a month before an IED hit his convoy and took his life leaving behind a wife and two small sons.