Ninety-nine years ago this weekend, the first celebration of “Veterans Day” took place. (Back then, it was called “Armistice Day.”) It was instituted so that we might have the opportunity to pay tribute to those veterans of military service who served their country in the “Great War” – World War I.
These days, we honor all those who have served in our military, whether at home or abroad, in war and in peacetime.
Sometimes, though, we forget the service – and the hardship – that families of veterans face. Long separations from loved ones, anxiety over safety, financial hardships faced in the absence of their family members – to put it mildly, families of service members are beset by challenges that non-military families routinely do not face.
This year, as you celebrate Veterans Day, please thank a veteran (and offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for their selfless service!) – but also, please remember to thank their families (and offer prayers to God for them, too)! To paraphrase the often-quoted line from Milton: “they also serve, who stand and wait.”