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America Salutes the Veterans

November 12, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Inspirational Stories    Views: 433

Most of the world countries pay tribute on 11 November to the members of their armed forces who laid down their lives in the World Wars. America observes it as Veterans day. Canada and Commonwealth countries observe it as Remembrance Day and in other names.

         

While UK, Canada and other Commonwealth countries observe 11 November as Remembrance Day, commemorating their armed forces who dedicated their lives in the World Wars and the historical event of signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, the US celebrates it as Veterans Day to honor the service of all U.S. military veterans. The country pays tribute and thanks all military personnel, living and dead, who served the United States in all wars and are still serving the nation. It is different from the Memorial Day, celebrated in US, which is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in wars.

Veterans Day in the US

According to the Department of Defense of US there are around 1.4 million Americans presently in their uniform. Many of these veterans are serving or have served in battlefields of countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. When the Iraq battle was at its peak there were around 150, 000 deployed in Iraq and around 100,000 are now deployed in Afghanistan. Although the war in Iraq is over and there is a strong hope for the retrieval of military from Afghanistan in the nearest future, America still needs to serve in many hot spots of the world such as South Korea.

Most of these military people are involved in domestic services. About 91 percent of the military jobs are non-combat and supporting the main wings of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. They support the fighting forces and protect the security of the country and its resources. In addition to that, they help the country in disaster relief, construct infrastructure, provide medical care and legal help, etc.

Why should we honor the veterans?

1) Each one of these military people has a long and proud story to narrate about serving the nation. These veterans sacrificed their family life and friends and reached remote areas to serve the nation. They have been working hard for long hours in remote corners of the military bases.

2) Life in the military was not easy for them. They had to face extreme weather conditions and dangerous situations. They sustained hard to withstand the mind-numbing boredom and depression.

3) Many of these people had to confront people of different cultures in uncared lands of hostility, accomplishing the mission of their nation.

4) The lives of these military people had been at great risk. Many of them had to fight at the risk of their lives, got wounded, and had to watch their friends fall dying in the battlefield.

Tribute to local veterans

1) Many programs have been arranged to honor and thank the veterans of Stow locality. Communities and institutions have initiated for fundraising and donations for the veterans of the locality.

2) Schools have come forward to hold various activities to honor and thank the veterans. For example, a high school in Stow has asked its students and staff to submit a paper or project spotlighting their hero titled, “Honor A Veteran”. Such activities can encourage children to be more acquainted with veterans.

3) Some have arranged for dinners and continental breakfasts with the veterans.

Veterans day has a great significance on building up a nation. Veterans are the backbone of patriotism. Salute to the veterans who gave their all to the cause of human freedom.




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