Veterans Day 2021
It is always a privilege to honor our Veterans, and to express appreciation for their service to America. Veterans Day (celebrated on November 11) is an annual link back to 1918 when an armistice was declared in what was then called “the Great War” and we now know as World War I. Just a year after the war ended, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first Armistice Day, which eventually came to be known as Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is not only a day for celebration—as is Independence Day in July, when we celebrate the establishment of our country. Nor is it primarily a time for remembrance—as is Memorial Day in May, when we honor those who have died. Although the holiday this week does indeed commemorate all the brave individuals who have served in the armed services both living and dead, the focus of Veterans Day is to express appreciation to our living heroes—those men and women whose lives of service continue to inspire us.
For example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a military hero himself, viewed Veterans Day not through the lens of memory but through the lens of personal responsibility. Eisenhower called on all of us “to live in ways that support the eternal truths upon which our Nation is founded, and from which flows all its strength and all its greatness."
Today there are roughly 19 million veterans in the United States, and we are privileged to work alongside veterans in virtually every part of Adventist HealthCare. May we be mindful of all our heroes – those who have passed on and those who continue to bless us as great resources of courage, leadership, training and experience. To truly respect our veterans and their service, we must also accept our obligation to be respectful and protective of this nation ourselves.
To all our veterans—especially those who now work with us at Adventist HealthCare—thank you for your service. And to all the family members of those serving our country, our grateful thanks extends to you as well. Our hearts are filled with awe and appreciation for everything you’ve done for our country and all the ways you continue to enrich our life together as we live out our Mission in our community. May God bless you and your families as we honor your courage and service.