Washington policymakers should make foreign wars a thing of the past, no longer attempting to police the globe. Then Americans really could celebrate future Veterans Days.
This Veterans Day, as a new enemy has arisen whose oppressive ideology of submission is cloaked in religion, it is more important than ever to remember that the preservation of our revolutionary American idea – that the individual is sovereign – is not foreordained. Its survival hinges, as it always has, on its power to bring forth a new generation of veterans who are willing to lay down their lives to protect it.
There's a growing awareness among our citizens of the tremendous burden borne by our tiny defense forces and the fearsome price they pay defending our values and way of life. This Veterans Day affords us an excellent opportunity to recognize their sacrifice and commit to helping those who have borne the heat of the battle on behalf of the great majority of us.
The original purpose of Armistice Day, that the end of World War I be "commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations…" is too often forgotten.
Veterans Day is a reminder of the terrible cost of war, not a celebration of militarism.