Today Is Veterans Day

John Stuart Mill once said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.” The moment we believe our freedoms inevitable, we cease to live in history and sour the soldier’s sacrifice. Our freedoms–purchased on the battlefield–are indeed “worthy of war.”

This is the time we honor our veterans for their sacrifices on our behalf. Take the time throughout the day to say “thank you” to any veterans you may meet. Write a letter to the editor. Hang the Flag at your home. Put together a care package and send it to the troops. Hire a vet. Make a contribution to a veterans organization. Say a prayer.

There are many ways to honor our veterans, and should not be limited to one day a year. It’s your choice. Many people fought and died so you could have a choice. Make one.

Thank you veterans. Today and every day.

Cynical Optimist