Yesterday, in honor of the holiday, the Chicago Blackhawks had a big pre-game ceremony honoring the military. At the end of it, leading into the Star Spangled Banner, the public address announcer blared out, "To honor our men and women serving in the armed services and those who served, please rise and join Jim Cornelison in singing..."
All very nice. Except for one thing. The holiday yesterday was Veteran's Day. It is specifically for honoring the men and women who served in the armed forces. Not those still serving. There's plenty of admiration to go around for those currently serving, most especially those who've fought in recent wars. But I suspect even they would say that honoring those who are veterans and previously served should stand alone and have their highly-deserved day all to to themselves.
That's why they call it "Veteran's Day."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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