Today is the day we honor veterans -- anyone who has served in our armed forces.
The choice of day is instructive. It's not the day of a famous battle, of a great victory or a hard-fought defeat. Strictly speaking, it's not even the day an enemy surrendered. It's the day the combatants stopped shooting one another.
As a civilian, I suppose I have always thought the main job of servicemen and women was to kill the enemy. But the day we picked to honor them was the day they didn't have to.
Just wars are not fought for blood or even glory. They have clear goals, foremost among them the resumption of peace. That's the job of soldiers, sailors and aircrew; war is simply how they get there.
"Si vis pacem, para bellum." "If you would have peace, prepare for war."
To all of those who served, to all of those who prepared for wars and all those who fought wars, my profound thanks.
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