November 11, 2014

Today is the day we celebrate veterans. I’m sure all of us have relatives that served in the armed forces. One of my relatives was stationed in Korea, one served in Frankfurt, several served during the Korean Conflict, and WWII. Our family was lucky, all of our loved ones returned home safe and sound. An Australian reporter started the November 11th day of honor of veterans. He simply asked on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour a memorial of silence for two minutes to honor the sacrifice of veterans. A short two minutes…120 seconds for years of being shot at, plotted against, called horrible names, and even their own countrymen not understanding how they could go to war. No one really wants to go to war but when the American way of life is threatened, these brave men and women take a stand. They execute their orders with no thought whether they are protecting Democrats or Republicans, or whether we wear the latest fashion or hand-me-downs, they simply protect us. PLEASE tell every veteran you see today and every day; thanks.

Lily’s Lagniappe: North of Baton Rouge on Highway 61 is Port Hudson, the site of a big battle in the Civil War. To this day folks who visit the battleground still find arrow heads and cannon balls. A place where our young country was struggling with who we actually were is a constant reminder that our democracy is a fragile thing that must be nurtured.

Lily

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