Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Yellow Ribbons

(Taken & Edited by Aubrey Anderson)
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick

November 11th is no just "another ol' day" that is pre-written down on the calender. For me, it has always been a day that you say thank you to those veteran's who have served our country, whether it was a big or small contribution.

91 years and 364 days ago, the armistice of World War 1 was signed to officially end the fighting that was taking place during the war--on the 11th day, of the 11th month, on the 11th hour. Known as Armistice Day, this day was used to honor those men who had died during the first World War. After World War 2, it was changed to Veteran's Day. The purpose of the day did not change however.


My whole life I have been raised to know that this day is special. I have always known it as a "Thank your grandpa for his military service" day. Every year, my mom would have us write a thank you card to my grandpa who fought in Vietnam.

As I have gone through my teen years, I have become more aware of the sacrifice these people have gone through. I have known several who have served in our military. It really has impacted me.

I go out of my way to say thank you to Veterans. They fascinate me. I send thank you cards every year, but, it still doesn't seem enough. I wish there was more I could do. I guess being grateful is the best way of showing appreciation.

Anyway, to all you troops out there...