To many citizens Veterans Day is just another day. It may be a day off. It may mean a sale at the discount giant. Or even more disappointing, citizens simply forget it is Veterans Day.
Yet of all the holidays, Veterans Day is perhaps the most significant. The holiday is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. And it of course includes those who serve today.
In a complicated, divisive and uncertain national environment exacerbated by COVID 19, a stumbling economy and a close Presidential Election, there are many institutions, processes and individuals we still should be proud off. Our veterans deserve that tribute.
Much can be said to our veterans…but it starts with a simple “thank you” for your service!
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." -- President George Washington
In many respects no one said it better…
Happy Veterans Day
Dr. Robert W. Smith
College of Public Affairs and Administration