A Day of Remembrance

This week we Americans observe Veteran’s Day. Since 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that November 11 should be known as Armistice Day, we remember those who served their country in wartime – and especially those who gave their lives in its defense. Veteran’s Day is not a day for patriotic display or flag-waving as much as it is a time of profound gratitude and grief. Two of my uncles served in World War II: Uncle Jules served in the South Pacific and my Uncle George served in North Africa and Italy. Uncle Jules came home full of life, married his sweetheart, and lived happily all his days. Uncle George survived the war physically – but was so traumatized by combat that he never recovered mentally. Three of my college friends are on the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington DC. I hope you will take some time this week to remember our fallen soldiers – and to pray that war may become obsolete!