The roll call for service to this country by American men and women began over 200 years ago.
They have served on every continent around the globe, and they have served with pride, distinction and honor. Above all else, a veteran understands the refrain of duty. Honor. Country.
As we head towards another Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, let’s all take time to reflect and remember those who have served or who are serving. Without them, we would not enjoy the freedoms and liberties we possess and take for granted today.
To serve is an honor. It is also a challenge.
In our part of the world down here in South Texas we are blessed with a great appreciation of the men and women who serve. There is an understanding and awareness of what needs to happen in order to protect what is right. Texans have always picked up the banner and waved it high.
It took our country over 150 years to figure out we needed a Veterans Day to honor all who have served. After the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that ended World War I, the precursor to Veterans Day was born with Armistice Day. In the 1950s, Armistice Day would be changed to Veterans Day.
It is a worthy holiday and should be one of our most solemn yet proud days.
So this week or weekend—but especially on Monday—if you know a veteran, shake their hand. Thank them for their service. Call them and thank them for what they did. Stand a little taller when you hear the National Anthem, and revel in the pride that comes from being a Texan and an American.
God bless our veterans and thank you for your service. God bless each and every one of you and we hope your Veterans Day is a happy and blessed one for you and yours.
God bless Texas. God bless the United States of America.