Yeah, I know that truly our vets should be recognized each and every day, but I am glad that there is an official holiday for them and that its taught in schools just what it means.
I have come from a family of men that have all served. Both of my grandfathers did and so did my Dad. Sadly, I was only able to really get one of my grandfathers to talk about it...a little bit which was actually a HUGE deal because he NEVER ever talked about it, but I wish that I had had the chance to find out more about what they really saw...and went thru.
My one grandfather briefly told me about fighting the germans. And how it was winter time...and he was holed up in a small shack and could hear the fighting a ways off from him. He was cold...and came across a german soldier who had passed, and he took his boots because they were warmer then what he had. Sounds harsh to us I know...but it was a totally different world he was in. Not one that most of us can come close to understanding.
And even back then, when our men and women came home....they too had some hard times adjusting back. I think there is more help for our people now, but still more can be done for them. Families having to re-adjust to the man or woman back home. Men soliders coming home to babies who do not know them. Really hard considering all they have done.
So, yes, I do think its good that this time of year there are a few drives going to collect goods and money to help out our homeless vets..and on-going efforts to help out all the vets in all the stages of life.
And one of my favorite parts of this year, is when the kids learn about Vets and Veterans day....and I tell them that their Bopa is a vet. The look of awe and amazement in their eyes is pretty cool. You can almost see him becoming bigger in their eyes.
And they should all be bigger...to all of us...for all they have done.