As we approach Veterans Day, it is important to look back at our nation’s history: where we started and where we are today. It is also important to remember back to the founding of our country. Many brave souls took up arms to ensure that future generations would enjoy a life free from dictatorial rule and atrocities against the common man. Our country was built around freedoms and liberties that are unmatched anywhere else in the world.
The character of our country can be measured by the blood, sweat and tears of those committed to guaranteeing a quality of life grounded in basic human rights. Every war has been fought with the desire to allow people to enjoy the basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The American solider is at the forefront of each conflict. Whether by volunteer or by conscript, the young men and women of America have always been summoned to preserve these rights. Their willingness to step forward and commit to these principles, sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice, says everything about who and what America is.
Nothing is sweeter than freedom, and when you look about you and see what we have in this country, thank a veteran. It is through their sacrifices that we are what we are.
Brian Bobek is president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 154 in Roseville. He served in 20th Engineer Brigade (combat) in Vietnam from 1967-68.
Linda May, special reporter with the Macomb Daily, also provided our blog with a list of Veterans Day (Tuesday, Nov. 11) events. They are as follows:
- VFW Bruce Post 1146’s annual Veterans Day observance is at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Federal, state and local elected officials have been invited to attend. The post is located at 28404 E. Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.
- VFW Lempke-Blackwell Post 7573 holds its annual ceremony in partnership with the City of New Baltimore on Tuesday in downtown New Baltimore. At 10 a.m., the New Baltimore mayor addresses the crowd and turns the event over to post commander Christopher Tear. There are other speeches and music, and a bring-a-dish-to-pass luncheon at the post at 35011 23 Mile Road.
- VFW Village-Stinson Post 9021’s Veterans Day events are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Martin Road and Campbell Road. A light luncheon follows at the post, 32100 Ryan Road, Warren. For further details, call 586-264-3490.
- VFW Old Settlers Post 4659 displays the colors at 11 a.m. Tuesday at a monument at the post at 8311 Wilson St., Shelby Township. For more information, call 586-201-7356 or 586-291-9914.
- VFW Post 6802’s annual Veterans Day ceremony and dinner are at 6 p.m. Tuesday. There will be posting of the colors (flags) and a veteran’s prayer, followed by a dinner of sloppy joes and salad. VFW Post 6802 is located at 34339 Division Road, Richmond.
- VFW Auxiliaries from Roseville, Fraser, Ferndale and Southfield are putting on a special bingo party on Veterans Day at the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit.
- VVA Chapter 154 is the “host post” of a Mount Clemens veteran’s coalition tradition that will do its Veterans Day ritual beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Clinton Township, then go to the Mount Clemens fire hall where the city has a veterans monument. Participants will meet afterward at the American Legion Post 4 for a luncheon. The Vietnam vets move on to a monument they erected at Freedom Hill County Park for a ceremony remembering 149 Macomb County residents who died in the Vietnam War.