What's significant about today? (Aside from the fact that it is comprised of all one digit. See? 11/11/11, Cool, huh?)
But really: let Nov. 11th belong to those gentlemen from the World Wars, who still, many decades later must bear the lonely scars of war; to the Veterans of the Korean and Vietnam War who face their unique challenges - again, decades later....And to those who served and to those currently serving in Desert Storm and the Gulf War. These men are true heros...Having faced unspeakable hardship and danger; often coming home to public disapproval and rebuke when they should have been honored for stepping up to the plate and going to the defense of this country. They struggle with disabilities, both mental and physical due to the stresses put on their minds and bodies while serving---for year after lonely year.
These men and women are heroes. And they deserve their own day to be honored as such.
We managed, despite financial challenges,and differing philosophies on child rearing; to raise a daughter, now 19--who is a person for whom I'm daily growing in admiration and respect. (She has not had an easy life either--maybe we should let her celebrate our special "Veteran's Day" as well!) And yes, it has been at times, times of war and skirmishes...but overall, the good news is that we are still married; still a family.
So yes; we each have battle scars. But we are still together and still committed to our marriage after 22 years...something precious few people can attest to.
So from a Veteran of the battle that is and has been my life - to the Veterans of this country's wars prior and present; Have a Blessed Veterans' Day---as you remember your struggles and wounds and the wounds and losses of your comrades; may you also remember the joys as well...and be proud of all you have endured for a cause higher than yourself.
Blessings to you!