Here in the United States, November 11th was originally called Armistice Day, it was set aside to honor veterans of World War One. Back then it was called the “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars.” For most of our troops WWI came to and end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. After that the Americans waited months and months for transport back home. But war is messy, and has fuzzy dates, as late as 1919, in North Russia, the American “Polar Bear” unit was still fighting pitched battles, but that’s another story....
After the Korean War, November 11th became Veterans Day.
At 109 years old Frank Woodruff Buckles is the last living WWI vet. Mr. Buckles lied about his age to go to war at age 15. While I don’t think we have any 15 year olds in uniform right now, we most assuredly have 18 and 19 year old men and women in harms way for our country. Veterans of all ages are in hospitals, out trying to find work, running businesses, going to collage and taking care of their families.
To the teenage soldier who only learned to shoot a rifle last year, to the 40 year old Army Reserve officer on active duty in Iraq, we have a lot of good people to be thankful for. Whether you are Frank Buckles at age 109 or a 19 year old woman Marine, this is your moment. The American People thank and solute you. But I think we should do a little more than that.
On this day, I strongly suggest that we Americans better educate ourselves and our children regarding our military history and the young people who lived it then and are living it today. Let us not forget.
On behalf of myself and other vets, Thank You for your kind words. The U.S. will last as long as we have those who have served and those willing to serve in the future, to stand the watch. To all those now serving, may God bless and protect you, Soldier, Sailor,Airman and Marine, we are behind you all the way.
Ed ( USN, 6years,Viet Nam)
Buckles? Nothing. While he was in France, he never saw combat (to the best of my knowledge). He was a aide, and got to the theater at the very end of the war. It's just neat that a veteran from a war that occurred in 1918 is still alive.