Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, the men and women who answered the call to serve in the United States Armed Forces. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. Â Over the years the pomp and circumstance of the day has subsided, but not the appreciation for the men and women whom it meant to honor.
Now, that being said, in order to give their proper credit, the thanks and appreciation and support should be properly done. Â In giving thanks, this is the day to honor Veterans. Â This not to confused with Memorial Day which is to honor those that DIED while serving. Â Thanksgiving isÂ meant to commemorate a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. Â There is no reason to dilute it down and spread it around. Â While every day we can certainly appreciate the sacrifices that Veterans make for the good of this country, we should salute them on the day meant to do so, and not make it “just another of a series of gestures.”
However, what we do need to do every day if we really want to honor the veterans, is to provide them with what they need when they come home. Â The days of saying “supporting the troops” but not backing it up needs to come to an end. Â The full VA appropriations bill has been late 23 of the past 27Â years, Many years of inadequate funding, creative accounting, budget gimmickry and lengthy delays in passing appropriations bills makes if difficult to near impossible to run the agency properly and to get services to deserving Veterans. Â It is time to tell the politicians to put up AND shut up. Â If we want to really honor our Veterans, we cannot forget them once they leave field of battle. Â They deserve the recognition, the deserve the support. They do not cease being Veterans once they take off the uniform. Â They leave a part of themselves on the battle field, it is up to us to try and make them as whole as we possibly can. Â Without that, “thanks” is just an empty word.Â