97 years ago,
Woodrow Wilson called for solemn pride
For those who lived,
And who died for our country.
Today is about that pride.
Somewhere, there are veterans
Who nurse drinks and dote upon ghosts
There are men and women
Who have sacrificed over and over and over.
Likewise, there are veterans
Who are raising families, working 8-to-5s,
And flying the American flag from their front porch.
Just like us.
Throughout thick and thin,
They have loved our country,
And it is our prerogative to be gracious.
We, as decided by the people,
Supported by our leaders,
Salute the patriots today.
Since the conception of America,
This has been a nation of immigrants, of natives,
Of sexualities, of religions, of ethnicities,
And of everyone in between.
Our soldier, teachers, and authorities alike
Have worked for a home
That is united against opposition,
Tolerant for all.
To our Veterans,
Because of your service,
I can still go to to school in the morning.
I can spend Sunday at a church and Friday at a mosque.
I can agree, disagree, share my opinion.
I can drive down a highway that the government funded.
I can visit a park that this nation has protected.
I can be right, be wrong, be free.
Thank you for demonstrating compassion under fire.
For the proud and the few that have given us
Peace and justice in the councils of nations,
I extend my greatest respects.
Happy Veterans Day.
Ling is an editor for The Millennial Times.