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Veterans' Day and the Best Way to Live It

Updated on November 13, 2017

What's the best way to honor veterans on Veterans' Day?

Some will shop. Some will go to a movie. Some will go out to eat. Some will decorate graves. Some will remember and tell about their own veterans this Veterans' Day.

I'm not sure that any of those activities are better or worse ways to honor veterans on "their" day.

My purpose here is to suggest a "best way" to honor veterans on Veterans' Day.

Men and women who sacrificed years, health, and even life and limb to serve in their country's military might well counsel us that the "best way" to honor them and their service would be to live our lives to the fullest.

For those veterans who gave their lives, their years, their quality of life to serve in the military to protect every freedom we enjoy as Americans, we could do nothing to honor them more than by protecting those freedoms for ourselves and our posterity.

Freedoms, like muscles, are strongest when regularly exercised.

The best way of exercising our precious freedoms is to fully use them.

Among those freedoms are those contained in America's Constitution which include:

~~~ Government chosen by the people

~~~ Government for the benefit of the people

~~~ Government accountable to the people

~~~ Laws enforced fairly, equitably and insuring the peace

~~~ the right to peaceably assemble and petition

~~~ freedom of religion

~~~ freedom of the press

~~~ freedom of speech

~~~ the right to keep and bear arms

~~~ freedom from illegal searches and seizures

~~~ the right to own and hold personal and real property

~~~ freedom from self-incrimination

~~~the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury

~~~ freedom to have legal assistance, to confront accusers, and to call favorable witnesses

~~~ freedom from excessive bail or fines

~~~ freedom from cruel or unusual punishment

~~~ separation of powers as to those of the central government, the separate states, and the people.

~~~ and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness under just laws.

Sadly for all that has been sacrificed to preserve those and other freedoms (such as freedom of conscience) many Americans may never appreciate their freedoms short of losing one or more of them.

As we celebrate our veterans' sacrifices, may we honor them by celebrating and exercising our freedoms which have been preserved and protected at such a great price.


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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 10 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Jesus said, "Love your enemy" not "Kill your enemy."

      If we place God over country we would not fight at all.

      We should teach:

      One God

      One religion (all prophets come from the same source)

      One Mankind

      The Golden Rule exists in all major religions.

      Soldiers usually get killed or suffer from PTSD. Stop being a soldier and do something constructive.

      The USA has fought many foreign wars that did not need to be fought: WWI, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. These wars did not bring us any freedoms. War breeds war. As individuals we do not need to participate.

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      Demas W Jasper 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MixBejabbers - Sadly there will be many who will wish they could do what you are blest to be able to do. Live, love, and share memories together.

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      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      I, personally, am going to spend it by enjoying the day with my Vietnam veteran husband. I will give thanks that he is still with me despite his many health problems. I am sure that we will tell stories about our fathers, both of whom served in WWII. By that time the elections will be over, and we will discuss what is ahead for us and what our fathers would think about the outcome. If the weather is good, I want us to make a trip to our favorite park and enjoy an outing together.