On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the guns fell silent across europe. The Great War, or World War One as we were to later call it, had come to a close.
It was decided to mark that date as a reminder of the sacrifices of those who served their countries. Today is the ninety second anniversary of that day.
In the United States it is called Veterans Day.In other parts of the world it is known as Armistice day or Remembrance day, but the reasons for the day remain the same.
To honor those who would take it upon themselves to go into harms way so that others don’t have to, to stand the line saying “this far, no further”. To run towards danger while others run away.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the people, whatever their nationality, who have taken it upon themselves to defend their country, whichever it may be.
Simply by donning the uniform and doing your job you have earned my respect.
Even if the most dangerous thing you ever did was to fight off the crushing boredom of waiting for a battle that never came.