Today Veteran’s Day is recognized in America. Yesterday was Remembrance Day in all the Commonwealth countries.
My father’s father and older brother both died in World War II. At the time the headmaster of his private school wrote something like, “Considering the circumstances, the boy has done well this term.”
My mother’s stepbrother came home from Vietnam never again able to participate fully in society.
My stepmother’s stepfather brought her and her mother back from Germany, just as World War II ended. He took care of both until death did them part.
We live in a politically polarized country. But let’s divvy up neither patriotism nor recognition of bravery and compassion. These I believe we can share across the camps. To all who have lost loved ones, in any country, in any battle, I salute you. As our society continues to evolve may we do so in the direction of peace.
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