Today is Veterans Day. Why today? Because the fighting in World War I ended, according to the terms of the armistice of 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
I salute all of you veterans today. Specifically, I would like to honor my father-in-law, who was one of the few survivors of his unit on Iwo Jima (and if he didn’t make it, my wife and thus my children and grandchildren would cease to exist); my father, in the occupation forces in Germany; my wife’s uncle, who fought in Korea; my brother-in-law, a Viet Nam vet; one of my students who has already fought in Iraq.
Feel free to use this space to comment on veterans you would like to give a special tribute to today.