Tomorrow is Veterans Day in the United States. It is a day used to remember those who have served in the military and come back home still breathing. In May, there is Memorial Day, when we remember the soldiers who died in combat. To all of you veterans who have served the country, I extend a heartfelt thank you for your service.
It is an honorable thing to be willing to serve your country. I could never have done that, and now I’m too old and falling apart for that. I am willing to admit that I am not in the slightest military material. The last surviving World War I veteran died in 2012. Veterans of World War II are currently in their late 80s or older, and it is projected that the last of them will have died around 2045. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: there is only one person known to have been a veteran of World War I and the Civil War. One Peter Conover Hains, born in 1840, served in both wars. He had retired from active service in 1904, but returned in 1917 when the US entered the “Great War”, and served for a year.
Even the most recent war that started shortly after 9/11 has its share of veterans. I worked with a guy about 5 years ago, who served in Iraq in the early 2000s, but came home on a medical discharge.
I find it interesting that most wars the US is involved in last but a handful of years. This war in the Middle East has been officially going on for about 19 years now. I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs of war and the military, but I wonder why our troops are still over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is there still a lot of shit going on over there that requires an American military presence? I like to listen to a guy who broadcasts on Saturday nights, calling his program “Dark Secret Place”. He’s a military veteran who fought in the Middle East back in 2003 or so, and he talks about the military side of things, or as he puts it, the play-by-play on the world melting down. Now, with Biden being inaugurated in January, the world’s melting-down is just going to accelerate, eventually reaching full balls-to-the-wall status. I could go on about my thoughts on what we can expect to see during a Biden administration, but that is a subject for another time.
I leave you now with the quote of the day:
“We owe our World War II veterans—and all our veterans—a debt we can never fully repay.”– Doc Hastings