This quote, taken from an article on US Military written by Rod Powers, nicely sums up Veterans Day here in America.
“Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.”
I always think of poppies on this day and mentioned it on our bakery blog, Some Sweet Mentions, in 2011. Learn more about the poppy connection from the original post of Poppy Wreaths.