The other day I went to a lunch and listened to my friend John Borling give a very animated talk about Veterans Day. John was a Major General in the Air Force. He also was shot down over Vietnam and spent some time as a “guest” of the North Vietnamese at the Hanoi Hilton.
At the end of his most excellent presentation, he said, “Have a meaningful Veterans Day.”
I thought that was appropriate. Much better than “happy” or “thankful”.
When I was on the board of the National World War Two Museum I met Dan Fordyce. He runs a project called Warrior Bonfire. If you can support them in any way that would be great. They sent me an email this morning that I want to share with you.
“Today we will stop at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, to honor all our Veterans who have served to protect this great nation and say a prayer of protection for all of those deployed. The Warrior Bonfire Program has the privilege, thanks to the support of yourself and many others, to impact and improve the lives of our combat wounded veterans. Therefore we celebrate everyday, year round, the lives of our Veterans.
To those of you that have answered the call, we thank you and celebrate your courage. “
Veterans Day is for the living. But of course you cannot help but think about the ones who are no longer here. I hope on the 11th hour today you will stop what you are doing for a moment and think about them.