"...all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not.
So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things." ~Kurt Vonnegut
Today, pray for our service men and women and all veterans. And, even if you disagree with an administration's policies or misuse of our military strength, please thank a vet for their service. I know it doesn't always make sense to say that someone fighting in Iraq these days is "fighting for our freedom" but they are- no matter how wrong the politicians get it, our soldiers never risk or sacrifice in vain.
Pray for peace, but most urgently, pray for the peace, strength and comfort of our Vets, current soldiers, and their families.