On the Commemoration of Veteran’s Day…

Back to back secular feast days Frank? What gives? Not what, but who.

I’ve been reading the Catechism, see, and this is what the Church says,

Those who are sworn to serve their country in the armed forces are servants of the security and freedom of nations. If they carry out their duty honorably, they truly contribute to the common good of the nation and the maintenance of peace.

For more of my lilliputian thoughts about this, see Because Christ is a Warrior (Then, So Am I).

Tony Rossi over at Christopher Closeup gives us a snapshot of a few of the million personal stories of men and women who serve in the armed forces,

Nineteen-year-old Private First Class Brian Moquin Jr. joined the Army after struggling with a heroin addiction prompted by his father’s own drug problem. Moquin originally tried heroin because he “wanted to see why my father loved it more than he loved me.”

Sergeant Patrick Lybert, age 28, was so devoted to his special needs brother, Noah, that he swore he would only marry a woman who was equally willing to welcome him into their home when their mother died someday.

First Lieutenant Ben Keating, the 27-year-old son of Baptist ministers, believed in being a servant leader to his platoon because he wanted to follow Jesus’ leadership model. He was so invested in his faith that he brought a Latin copy of St. Augustine’s “Confessions” with him to Afghanistan.

Those are just three of the many American troops from the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment (3-71 Cav) whose stories are told in the new book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” by ABC News Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper.

I’ll let Tony tell you more.

As for me? I’m just thankful for their example of service and sacrifice.

Semper Fidelis

  • http://mikesnow.org Michael Snow

    Few today remember that November 11th was a date of world wide celebration. It marked the end of hostilities of The Great War. A note on the history [from Oh Holy Night: The Peace of 1914, a reflection on the Christmas truce http://catholicmediareview.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-reading-oh-holy-night-peace.html ]:

    On 11 November, the warring parties signed the armistice,
    bringing that great bloodbath to an end….

    The deep meaning of that armistice remained in the
    minds of World War I veterans a half century later
    when the U.S. Congress, in one of its clueless moves,
    changed the observance of the federal holiday from
    November 11th to a certain Monday of October. Memorial
    Day, Veterans Day and Washington’s Birthday
    were all moved on the calendar in order to create
    three-day federal holiday weekends.
    Because of the war that had followed that “War to
    End All Wars,” President Eisenhower had signed a
    law that broadened the meaning of “Armistice Day”
    by making it “Veterans Day” in 1954. But in the
    minds of the World War I generation, the memory of
    that armistice still held sway.

    So, in the late 1960s when Congress changed the
    date, I can still remember my grandmother adamantly
    asserting that Armistice Day was November 11th,
    NOT the fourth Monday of October. The thousands
    of soldiers who, like my grandfather, had served in
    France and other lands would not hear of such a

    … And the politicians received an earful. The World War
    I generation was still alive and well; remembering
    and speaking up. They again took back lost ground.
    The end result was that one decade after changing
    the date, Congress, in 1978, restored the observance
    to November 11th.