For me, Veterans Day is always a day of deep reflection - far more than Memorial Day, but don’t ask me why. I don’t have an answer.
Since I majored in history with a focus on American history, I obviously studied the many armed conflicts our nation fought over the centuries. I remember reading an adage that the history of the world is a history of wars. From one perspective, that is absolutely true.
The Confederacy was formed in early 1861, and the bombardment of Fort Sumter took place in April of that year. That was the beginning of hostilities and the fort surrendered in just a few days.
Imagine you are a veteran from the first days of the Civil War - North or South, it doesn’t matter which one. Now you are suddenly transported in time to late October 2020. Would you recognize the eerie parallels in the country, society and the political climate between then and 159 years later?
I have written so many times about what I believe are the two most important documents in the world - the Christian Bible and the Constitution of the United States. The Bible and Christianity provided much of the moral basis for the men who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. A number of these same patriots drafted the Declaration of Independence.
A number of politicians and others view the Constitution as an archaic document that needs to be liberally interpreted in favor of a far more “progressive” approach to writing legislation and laws for governing society today.
Every man and woman who joined the armed forces of the United States took an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies - foreign and domestic. National politicians take the same oath. It is no secret which one of these two groups takes that oath more seriously.
Once more, let us take another trip in time. Imagine you are a veteran of World War II and/or Korea who is suddenly transported through time to the days following the tragic death of George Floyd and carrying on through the protests, violence, looting and lawlessness of the summer and fall of this year.
Wouldn’t you seriously ask yourself - is this really the country and society that so many men and women starting from before the shot heard round the world on April 15, 1775, until Nov. 11, 2020, fought and died for?
Is the government of the people, by the people, for the people in danger of perishing from this earth? Not if most veterans have anything to say about it.
Well, that’s the way I see it.
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