Happy Veterans Day to all of you Veterans out there. Thank you.
From the NYPost this morning reflecting on what we owe our vets. President Obama had just given the Medal of Honor to a man who has been dead for quite awhile.:
This medal, he [Obama] said, “reflects our obligations as a country to the men and women in our armed services — obligations that continue long after they return home, after they’ve removed their uniforms, and even — perhaps especially — after they’ve laid down their lives.”
Exactly right. It’s the same reason we celebrate Veterans Day, to remind the nation that the freedom we can take for granted was purchased and is protected by those who have stepped forward over our history to wear the uniform of our nation.
“I’m mindful that I might not be standing here today, as president, had it not been for the ultimate sacrifices of those courageous Americans,” said President Obama.
Sometimes talk about what we owe our veterans gets bogged down by federal benefits, as though that is what motivates someone to serve. Certainly America owes those hurt or damaged by their service the best support and care this country can give.
Even so, what we owe them most is honor. It strikes us as the most fundamental measure of a grateful citizenry.
So on this Veterans Day, The Post [and this blog] salutes every one of you who has ever worn the uniform, from the lowliest cook to the five-star general. You’ve earned it, and we owe it.