Today is a holiday here in the states. Veteran’s Day.
I’ve heard the occasional person ask what the difference is between Veteran’s Day, today, and Memorial Day, in May.
Both holidays celebrate those brave men and women who serve in the military, but the easiest way I know how to explain the difference is- Memorial Day is a day for remembering fallen military. Whether they died in combat, serving their country, or died peacefully in their beds of old age, many, many moons after serving their country, Memorial Day is for them.
Veteran’s Day is to honor those who are still serving, or who have served, who are still with us.
I’ve always been a bit of a sap when it comes to those willing to lay their life on the line for what they believe. I tried to enlist, even. My scores were great, but it seems no one wanted someone who fainted as easily as I do. What? It’s the south. We’re known for our ‘vapors,’ lol.
As an erotica writer, who deals with what is and isn’t acceptable to publish on various sites, who hears phrases like, ‘freedom of speech’ bandied about daily, this day effects us personally.
We are lucky to have the freedom of speech, the freedom to assemble, the freedom… well, the freedom to do damn near anything.
Look around at the rest of the world.
These are freedoms not everyone has.
These are freedoms men and women, young and old, have fought for. Fought life and limb for. So that among many other things, we can write and read what we want.
Granted, it isn’t perfect. Nothing is. But damn it, we have it a hell of a lot better than some. And it is because of those who have gone before us. Period.
I’m not offering you any free reads today. I’m not going to try to sell you anything today.
I am going to ask though, that you take just a few seconds, left or right, conservative or liberal, for or against military, hell, for or against the USA, and give this holiday a little bit of thought.
Enjoy your day off if you’ve got it. But take a second to think about the why behind the holiday.
That’s all I’ve got. Have a great day. Enjoy your freedoms, they didn’t come cheap.