Remembrance. 11/11/11

November 11, 2011 has an amusing signature this year, 11/11/11, but holds another very special significance; it’s the day we honor our heroes. November 11th is Veteran’s Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada.

November 11th has been a day to honor and celebrate those brave and patriotic men and women who serve to protect our nation’s borders and interests in the Armed Forces. For over 200 years, young men and women have given selfless service risking life and limb to protect and defend our people. They’ve left their families, and learned to use wit, weapon, and teamwork to wage and end wars and conflicts around the globe so that we at home can be safe and secure. Our veterans have put their lives, their health, and their very humanity between us and violence. They have died so that we may live. They’ve been injured so that we may be safe. They have survived war, violence, and hardship, so that we may have peace. They have put aside their own politics and beliefs to follow orders to preserve our rights and freedoms, and paid for those freedoms with the blood, sweat, and tears of our military men and women.

November 11th is the national celebration of our Veterans. We as a people, as citizens, should take a moment not just once a year, but every time we see a man or woman in uniform to say “Thank you.” Because of their service, and hundreds of years of service from men and women just like them, whether we are American or Canadian, we are free: A gift given to us each and every day by those very same men and women in the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines, and the Coast Guard.