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  • Writer's pictureKristin Lyman

Every Day Is Veterans Day

View, looking out from Little Round Top, a pivotal position maintained by the 20th Maine Infantry

led by then lieutenant colonel Joshua Lawerence Chamberlain during the Battle of Gettysburg.

(photo credit: K.A.Lyman Nabors)

I hold a sacred reverence for those who have served, those who have fought in combat and those who have returned home to make the often fraught transition into civilian life. These veterans often represent the Best of who we are with our nation still relatively young in the context of world history. The bravery, selflessness and character that our veterans demonstrate to the rest of America is by definition difficult to capture with words, as these are revealed by action and not words.

JFK once wrote, "A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality." The ability to do what is right, loyal, just and true is at the core of what we strive for as Americans, fortunate are we to have veterans as role models; both living and those who visit us as ghosts of the Past in our shared history.

Providing a basis for the praise of our veterans, is one such American and a man I think about almost everyday (if you know me, you know the American Civil War is a subject that I endlessly consume information about), Joshua Lawerence Chamberlain. His leadership and courage, his ability to inspire his troops at Little Round Top could be said to have been a turning point in the Civil War and an event that saved the Union.

I'll end this tribute prematurely perhaps as I have more to say about what our veterans mean to all of us. I don't feel like this is a day that fits loquaciousness. Mindful, respectful presence is the best means for honoring those who have given so much and as it is in character, asked for so little in return. God Bless the United States of America.

My ideal vacation is one that visits American Civil War battlegrounds...

next on my list is the Battle of Chickamauga in GA.

(If I get a chance on this blog, I'll also write about the spiritual experience I had touring Antietam in January 2016. You want to talk about rainbows...)

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