Veterans Day 2015
Nov 10 - mkamplain
D. Gary Davis
For Tuesday 11/10/2015
Many from our region have traveled to different portions of this Country or maybe even across the globe this past year during their vacation time. Many others may have enjoyed being able to get in their forms of transportation and reach a destination to then return safely. The ability to travel freely across our land seems to be just one of the many benefits that we enjoy in the "land of the free and the home of the brave”.
I remember watching the original movie "Red Dawn” and remembering how ridiculous the "invasion” scene appeared while on American soil, and the sacrifices that many had paid to make this an impossibility not only then but also now and hopefully forever. This was made possible by brave men and women across the centuries that have helped to make us the world’s only remaining "superpower”.
This fact was remembered by another great Tennessee Senator and Statesman that passed away last week, Senator Fred Thompson. He once stated at an Iowa State Fair back in 2007 that "This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people than all the other nations in the history of the world combined, and I’m tired of people feeling like they’ve got to apologize for America,”. This is yet another reason that I liked Fred Thompson.
Woodrow Wilson was the first President to proclaim Armistice Day for November 11, 1919 which became Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is an official United States Federal Holiday that is observed annually on November 11th, honoring the people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as Veterans. Major hostilities of World War l were formerly ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. From 1971through 1977 it was moved to a Monday in October but has been moved back to November 11th from 1978 until the present day.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of ALL U.S. Military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service. A brief electronic historical article to help remember and explain Veterans Day can be found at: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-veterans-day . Locally we will be having the main Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 AM on 11 November in the Bradley County Courthouse Plaza. We are especially privileged this year to have Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner, Many - Bears Grinder, as speaker. Another highlight will be presentation of the 2015 Raymond H. Miller Veteran of the Year Award. I invite you to join me at this patriotic event celebrating our veterans.
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” is a quote that is often attributed an author who used the pen name of George Orwell. I envision him having this revelation due to the fact that he may have known, or possible read about, a professional U.S. Service member who helped to ensure freedom for others without asking for much for themselves.
This Veterans Day, please take time to let our Veterans who have served our Nation & County in the Armed Services know how proud we are of each man or woman who chooses this as their life’s path. This devotion, dedication and discipline that is needed is not for every man or woman but the results sure are noticed by us all. Our County Veterans, their service and those who now serve them, are just a few more reasons that Bradley County is Tennessee at its best!
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