Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, honors those who served in America’s Armed Forces. Most Americans have family members and/or friends that have served or are currently serving.
Our father Frank Wood was a war correspondent in WWII for the US Army. Our brother Dan Wood served in the US Navy. Our cousin Bill Wood served in the Army, including a tour of active duty in Iraq and later stints working with NATO in Europe. He retired earlier this year as a Lieutenant Colonel and with the widely respected Airborne Badge and Ranger Tab. Veterans Day honors all those who served or are serving in the US military; Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives for their country.
We can all spend 2 minutes of silence in observance of their service at 1:11pm Central Standard Time on Veterans Day. This is a small but meaningful gesture recognizing all these warriors did and do and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make on behalf of America.
Patrick J. Wood
Author of “Dear Reader” and “Tapestry of Love and Loss”