It seems strange to me to say Happy Veterans Day?
Sort of like Happy 9-11 day.
Or Happy Memorial Day.
I suppose to those who served our country and are alive to talk about it, it could be a happy day?
Most who are alive and lived through the hell of combat don't want to talk about it!
Usually groups of veterans will talk about their specific branch of the service with other vets.
Rarely have I heard those who were in combat units talk about battles.
They shouldn't have to.
Who that never experienced it would understand anyway?
So this is a sombre day for me.
A day to reflect on all the hero's who served and are no longer with us to celebrate this day.
And a day to say thank you to those who did their part however small or large.
I will honor all today at two ceremonies as a member of the American Legion Post #4 Keene NH color guard rifle squad.
Then all area veterans will be treated to a luncheon at the post home.
I'm sure I'll tip a toast or two to my comrades, shake a hand or two, say thanks, then it's on with life, knowing that we are better off for the dedication and actions of the brave men and women who have answered the call to duty.
Those who for whatever reason have said "Ill go" and gave two or more years of their lives to insure that we are free to enjoy our way of life.
If not for them there would be no decision of weather to say thank you, or happy Veterans day, or both.
So thank you to all for your service and sacrifice, and Happy Veterans Day.
PS The image upload feature was'nt working this morning. (darn it).
Be sure to check out Google's tribute to vets.