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Honoring our Active Military

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on November 5, 2019 09:07

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Let’s honor members of the United States military who have served the country in war or peace — now dead or alive — and especially thank the veterans who are still with us for their sacrifices.

After watching a 49er football game at a friend’s home in Fremont, California, we drove by a house that had two stars in a window—a blue one and a gold one. We were curious about what they meant. 

When we got home, we researched the meanings of the stars. A blue star shows that you have a person on active military, and a golden star shows that you had a person that lost his or her life while in the military.      

We had passed the house many times before, but had never seen stars in the window. We think that they are there now because this coming Monday will be Veteran’s Day. 

Veteran’s Day used to be known as Armistice Day, implemented right after World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which officially brought the war to an end. The actual fighting had ended seven months earlier when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the 11th day of the 11th month, in the 11th hour of the morning. Armistice Day has since been changed to Veterans Day so that it can honor the veterans of all American wars but it is always celebrated on November 11 (at least since President Ford signed Public Law 94-97 in 1978).

It can be confusing.

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

On this coming Monday November 11, there will be parades throughout the United States honoring those servicemen and women. 

When we were watching the football game, we saw several people wearing a Red Artificial Poppy. When we asked one why are you wearing the poppy, he said that he is honoring all military people on active duty.

The history of the artificial red poppy is interesting. After the battle of Northern France and Belgium during WW I, only red poppies were growing on these battlefields — no other others grew there. Today, these red artificial poppies are a symbol of a positive future and a peaceful world. 

Our presidential administration today is a mess, but we must maintain an active responsible military. There are countries that dislike the United States and would do anything to dishonor the men and women in the military in order to make our country look bad. 

If our presidential administration would clean up the awful mess they have made, others countries would have more respect for our active military personnel. 

But until then, let’s honor our military, who are on active duty keeping us safe. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on November 5, 2019 09:07

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