Veterans Day

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 by Travis Cody in

Sometimes I manage to put together the sequence of words that conveys my message in the best possible way.  When that happens, I don't rewrite...I simply re-post.

This is from last year, and I can't think of any better way to honor Veterans.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, major hostilities in World War 1 ended with the signing of the Armistice.

Whether you call it Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, please turn your thoughts to the men and women of the armed forces who have defended our freedoms.

Thank you to all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and members of the US Coast Guard for their service and sacrifice. May you all be safe today, and in all the tomorrows of your service. And if you must make the ultimate sacrifice, may you go to your rest with the humble thanks of a grateful nation and her citizens.

This I also send to the men and women of all other nations who defend freedom and justice around the world.


  1. Well- written, Travis...
    Thanks to our veterans and those who support them.

  1. Even though I served in Viet Nam, I find myself in awe of that "Greatest Generation" that literally saved the world from tyranny. Find them, hug them, and thank them. We are losing them daily at an alarming rate.

  1. Jamie says:

    You chose In Flanders Fields. I went with Sandburg's Grass. Either way we need to remember those who paid the ultimate price for war.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Beautiful tribute Trav.

    Thanks to Veterans everywhere.

  1. Barb says:

    Happy Veteran's Day and THANK YOU to all our men and women who have served in our Armed Forces and to all who are now serving! God Bless the USA!

  1. A big salute to all Veterans of all wars. I am in awe of the "Greatest Generation" as well, but I have to salute these young men and women serving our country right now.

    Thank you to all.

  1. Well said.I will add my heartfelt Thanks to this posting to our Veterans and those that are currently serving as well.

  1. Last year there was a Canada-wide memorial event that projected the names of every Canadian who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War, because we have now lost all of those veterans. This project was installed in major Canadian cities, including Halifax, where I live.

    After work one evening, I went to the cenotaph at the Parade Grounds in the middle of our downtown area to watch the names go by for about an hour.

    Keeping in mind that the names had been going by for several days before I got to this event, and were projected in the order that they were reported fallen in combat - my heart froze in my chest when the next name that went by in the stately procession of projected names was Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, the author of In Flanders Fields.

    I couldn't believe the timing and how bizarre and incredible it was that I had made it to the cenotaph to watch it shine there.

    To see his name in the larger context of all the sacrifices made during that war was really startling and emotional. His poem made that war easy to internalize for all of us. But his life was one of so many. So many.

  1. jennifer says:

    Lovely Travis.

    We had a wonderful Veteran's Day. We enjoyed the freedoms that had been afforded us through their service.

    Have a nice weekend!

  1. Linda says:

    Beautiful, Travis, just beautiful.

  1. thank you for your comments over at Watergate Summer re. Blogblast for Peace....and this post for Veterans day...really lovely....thank you