Friday, November 11, 2011

Because they gave...

Redux: Printed this a year ago (or so).  
Veterans Day
(by R.P.Edwards)

Oh how we love celebrity
The gifted
The degreed
But these have space
To flaunt their face
‘cause others chose…
To bleed

Veterans Day.  Originally Armistice Day, a show of gratitude to those who fought in World War I; now expanded to all vets.

I’ve noticed that this particular holiday doesn’t merit the same recognition as others.  Many institutions stay open and purr along as if it was just another November work day.  Indeed, my son’s university says…“wha?“ and my job wouldn’t think of “Holiday Pay,“ for this remembrance.  And, at first I thought it might be a “peace time” diss from a sometimes fickle public.  Then I thought some might consider it redundant.  After all, we do have Memorial Day.  But today, yes, this very day, I learned the real reason.  You see…it doesn’t fall on a Monday!  Ah…it’s so simple!  For some reason it must always fall on November 11.  Thus…no long weekend.

Mystery solved. 

So, do me a favor, will you?  What say you and I pause a moment from fawning over movie and TV stars; divert our eyes from political celebs; pull ourselves away from the electronic toys that consume our free time; and say a prayer for our service men and women.  And, along with the present, let's offer a bit of thanks for all those who have gone before.  For, without question, those who are so very high--their faces reflecting the sun--these stand upon the backs of the multitude; the many selfless veterans (living and dead) who do, and have done, their job; without fanfare, without applause; and often...without thanks.

And, if you are so inclined (and have the time) here's the video, The Stone...



Leona Salazar said...

Once again, you've brought tears to my eyes. I re-posted your beautiful words on FB and Twitter. May God bless all those who gave and those who continue to selflessly give so we may enjoy our freedom.

R.P. Edwards said...

Thank you, Leona. Yes, I agree. God bless all those who selflessly give to preserve freedom's place. May we always be grateful.

David Walker said...

I too posted on my FB wall and twitter to share with my friends...thank you. May God bless all those who have and continue to serve our country and may light perpetual shine upon them.

R.P. Edwards said...

Thanks, David.