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We are still facing some pretty tough times, economically speaking. Some days it seems like it will never end – – that we’ll never hear some genuinely “good news” on the TV or the radio. But let’s think about things a little differently today.

I probably don’t have to remind you that it’s Veterans Day, but you might need a little prompting to stop and think about the weight of this Holiday (I know I need a little push to slow down every now and then). Men and women who have gone before us made sacrifices and gave their lives in order to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. This we cannot forget or take for granted.

Here are a couple facts you might already know, but I think are interesting:

\ Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, honoring those who fought and served in World War I.

\ Armistice Day was officially expanded to celebrate “all” veterans by President Dwight Eisenhower on May 26, 1954.

\ The push to include all veterans originated in Emporia, Kansas. (I bet you didn’t know that.)

\ Congress replaced “Armistice” with “Veterans” on November 8, 1954, and we’ve known it as Veterans Day ever since.

\ A quick internet search just revealed that there is only a handful of surviving WWI veterans – – three to be exact, and they’re all nearly 110 years old (Wikipedia told me so). This is precisely why you’ll get an email like this from me, from time to time. We must remember how much has been sacrificed for our freedoms, and we’re running out of people who can remind us with first-hand accounts.

For me, thinking about all this really puts things in perspective. The economy may not be in ideal shape, but our veterans have endured far worse things than a recession. I have faith that Good will prevail in this situation as it has so many times before, and I encourage you to stick it out with me.

Don’t let today go by without reflecting on what our veterans mean to you and me. If you personally know anyone who has served our Great Nation, please thank him or her for me.

Happy Veterans Day!

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36 Comments

  1. Braudis Lee Pegram says:

    Your sentiment is acknowledged and appreciated, Chris. My step-father is a WW2 Veteran and my brother and I are Vietnam Veterans.

  2. Linda Cox-Tobin says:

    Thanks, Chris.

    Yes, our Veterans fought and some lost their lives so that we could “enjoy” our freedom. Perhaps we need to DO that more often in honor of them and their sacrifices for us. Hopefully, there are enough of us out there who understand that we ALL now too must fight to keep our freedoms, not just the soldiers. I pray a lot. It is going to take an Act of God and I believe He will help this United States of America of ours. The beginning of taking our country back started last Tuesday (Election Day) in Virginia, New Jersey and New York.

  3. Jeff Roach says:

    I served in the Army from 1989-1993. My son is currently serving in the Army. I want to tell you that I really appreciate your email.

    Thanks again

  4. Harry Cummings says:

    As a former U.S. Army veteran, Vietnam Era, thank you for your comments.

    Regarding financing, please let me know how strong is your company in providing financing to healthcare providers and what are your guidelines and turnaround time upon receipt of client’s info. Thank you.

  5. Gary Weston says:

    Chris – nicely stated.

  6. Richard Donath says:

    Chris, I’m a veteran. U. S. Army enlisted 1952-1955.

  7. Michael L. Finnegan says:

    Thanks Chris, I just visited the grave of my brother who was a lieutenant In Vietnam and died of complications from alcoholism abut 5 years ago. My other brother Andy is still alive and was an Army Lieutenant in combat in Vietnam. I never served but the depth of their commitment was striking. My dad crash landed a b25 Mitchell in the North African Desert after allowing his gunners to bail being enemy lines. He got out of the plane and was captured by the Germans and spent 2 1/2 years in a POW camp that was the center of the movie “the Great Escape”. As a kid I fell asleep at night with his POW camp stories and his intelligence work around the escape. I will be forever humbled by the extraordinary depth of commitment of my father and brothers. You are correct, we have faced big challenges in this country and prevailed and we will this time around. Keep the faith and keep in touch.

  8. Steven H. Podolsky says:

    Nice message! And no, I didn’t know that.

  9. Corinne Edwards says:

    Chris – that is beautiful. And also a reminder of how short all of out times are on this earth.

    We have to make the most of it – and make a contribution – like you did in this email.

  10. Martin Forster says:

    Well, Chris, I’m about to call my Dad in Spain (about 10 pm there now) to thank him for his role in World War 2. Now 87 years old he joined the Royal Air Force at 17 after overstating his age, and about a year later shipped out to Ceylon as a newly minted Spitfire pilot, and then on to Burma where he was on active duty every day in Spitfires and Hurricanes through the end of the war. He was one of the fortunate survivors, though many of those who flew with him were not so lucky.

    I remember a time, not so long ago in London, when at 11 am on the 11th of November every year, the traffic, trains and commerce, including the Stock Exchange, all came to a stop as people observed a three minute silence. To describe this silent, unmoving city of millions of inhabitants as moving and impactful is a profound understatement. But back then many of the population had taken shelter in the London Underground as bombs rained down on the city, decimating whole ares of central London and the suburbs, and some had emerged to find yawning gaps in the streetscape where once they had owned a home. Today there are fewer who recall those days, or had them described to them in vivid detail during their childhood as I did. And, of course, many of the teachers who taught me at school in the mid to late 1950’s had returned from hellish experiences overseas little more than 10 years before…

    It was, in large part, during those frightening times that the incredibly strong bond between our two nations was forged. A bond that I hope will endure for centuries to come.
    Thanks for all you do for this community, Chris, and for the timely reminder.

  11. Brian says:

    Actually, I am from Emporia ..and I DID know that!!!

  12. Charles Brandt says:

    Thanks for sending this!

  13. Jo Ann Doud says:

    Thank You for this message. My husband is a VETERAN, and we took the day off from our business and celebrated with a nice luncheon out of town.

    Best regards to you

  14. Rich Grant says:

    Well put Chris and thanks to all the veterans who have paid the price for our freedom.

  15. Randy Waits says:

    Chris, Thanks for the message! I needed that after the frustrating day, weeks, and months I have been experiencing. It was very humbling and puts things in perspective of how good we really have it and makes all our problems seem so insignificant.

  16. Phil Friedman says:

    Thank you from a Vietnam vet.

  17. Di Giovanni says:

    Thanks Chris for the input and hanging in there. Most of my groups are holding activity down to ground zero – the best indications I am seeing
    is they don’t care to make a move no matter how good things sound for now – they may start coming out of hibernation in the Spring of the year,
    wet their finger and see which way the wind is blowing.

  18. Patrick J. Mucci says:

    Thank you for remembering Veterans like me! It wasn’t always fashionable to respect veterans, especially Vietnam War Veterans. We couldn’t wear are uniforms off base less we be harassed!

    Former Staff Sergeant USAF (1969-1972)

  19. Teresa Higginbotham says:

    Thank you for your message. We were discussing this yesterday and today… We share your sentiments and I applaud your taking the time to send this.

  20. Mohammad J. Umar says:

    Your mail is full of compassion and patriotism and reflection on the endurance of our nation in the wake of the tragedies of war. Beyond these tragedies the self inflicted wounds of the down turn of the economy governed by the greed of few unscrupulous people, who unfortunately are still playing the same game.Unless these forces are harnessed and put under tight rope we will not get out of this crisis.

    I have been thinking on this issue and have found a great solution to all our economic ills. This will restore the confidence of the masses, put the down trodden economy in top gear and every body will have a sigh of relief without hurting the rich and poor alike.

    Will discuss this sometime soon.

  21. Joe Duvall says:

    Thank You for the Veterans day Info
    Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Veteran, ’68 and ’69
    Stinger 91

  22. Bob says:

    Chris – this was excellent and well appreciated! Tremendous message.

  23. Jeff York says:

    Very well put, Chris. Thanks for the note.

  24. Kelli Oconnor Mays says:

    Hi Chris. No, I did not know this. Thanks for the info and Happy Veterans Day to you too!

  25. Robin Chesnick says:

    We have never met but I appreciate someone who has the same sentiment that I have. I don’t think folks realize what’s been lost to some so we can enjoy ourselves in a free society.

  26. James Carr says:

    Nice touch.

  27. Darik Miller says:

    Nice piece Chris.

  28. Mandy Lundy says:

    Thank you Chris. That is a lot of trivia that I hadn’t taken the time to learn. So often we take for granted our “holidays” with out any real thought as to why we celebrate them. Thank you for allowing me to find out about the holiday so tonight when my 9 yr old son asks about Veterans day I’ll be able to actually tell him something about it.

  29. Steve Yerrid says:

    Only three left…… WW I. Wow. Where does the time go? Thanks for the info.

  30. David Pals says:

    I liked your letter. Thanks.

  31. Griffith J. Winthrop, III says:

    Thanks Chris. I am a veteran, former U.S. Marine, so I am acutely aware of what those who have gone before me sacrificed for our freedoms. I and my fellow veterans greatly appreciate you taking the time to remind others to be thankful for the freedoms that we enjoy.

  32. Patrick Janson says:

    Thank you very much for the email about Veterans Day. I look forward to us doing business soon.

  33. Arsen Manasyan says:

    Thank you, Chris, for this information.

  34. Russell Newbold says:

    Thanks Chris. I appreciate the reminder. It is a good thing to remember what has been done for us. Thanksgiving is a good reminder as well and we hope you have a great season full of success and love. Thanks for including us in your portfolio of relationships. We appreciate your good work and wish you the best in the future.

  35. Dale Carter says:

    VERY GOOD.

  36. Kris Lafferty says:

    As a veteran, I thank you for the good wishes!

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