The Eleventh Hour
THE ELEVENTH HOUR
For most Americans, today is Veterans Day, a day we give thanks to our veterans for their sacrifice and service. In Canada, the day is known as Remembrance Day – perhaps a better name for the day. At one time, the 11th of November was called Armistice Day. It was the day we celebrated the end of hostilities in the Great World War, “the war to end all wars” – World War 1. And at its conclusion, an armistice was signed and all warring parties agreed to a cessation of hostilities. A specific time and day was chosen in hopes that it would remind all nations of the futility of war. So, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in the year of Our Lord 1918, the war to end all wars came to an end.
However, evil was not to be defeated by the mere implication of a time and day. As most veterans know, war will never end as long as evil men try to eradicate freedom and impose their will on others. So, in 1954, after nearly a half-century of warfare, it was decided that Armistice Day would be known as Veterans Day. And it is good to honor individuals, who have stood in harms way on behalf of their Nation. We who have served, greatly appreciate it. And we too, give thanks to the generations of veterans who came before us and will continue on after us. However, it is not on the battlefield alone that we must stand defiant in face evil. Every day of our lives we have an obligation to insure that the liberties and freedoms that were purchased with the blood of patriots will endure forever.
Yes, for most Americans today is Veterans Day but for some veterans, the eleventh of November is an autumnal Memorial Day. It is a day to remember the fallen and a time to examine their own lives and to see if they have continued to meet their obligation to protect the Constitution and preserve the Republic; and if they have done so, in a manner worthy of those who sacrificed their lives defending the gates of freedom.
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