This November 11th, when we are remembering our veterans who have served in many many wars, we ought to also remember those whose colors and governments may have been different, but still thy fought along the same line as us. I have a catfish calendar on my wall. It lists the 11th as Veterans day, Armistice day, rememberence day, wapenstilstandasdag, and wappenstilsdan Tag. All of this means the same thing.... These other countries, much like our own know who to thank for the freedoms that we all share in democracies worldwide: Our Veterans. Why on earth would I choose the Belgian name for the day as a thread title? Cause it reads funny, partly. But also to make the point that on this shiny blue brown ball named Earth, we only have so much room for all of the countries of the world, and in times when atrocities happen that the whole world can see, we all rise up with one voice and act. Humanity isnt under a specific flag. We're all human and the greatest percentage of us want one thing.... to see that the morals and ethics of basic human dignity are followed. To see that we all have food, shelter, water, and family- necessities that make life possible and make that life enjoyable. This day is for Veterans here in America who have served the purpose of mantianing human dignity via force throughout the world, but it also is a day tht we ought to thank everyone else in other countries whose backs we watched and who had and continue to have our backs covered, as we keep humanity in check. Today it is the Coalition of the Willing... to our parents, grandparents and others, it was The Allies. Heck... even the French helped form this nation by defending us against the Monarchy. Good wars that are just will have more than one country standing firm. We need to thank them too. Wether or not you the reader agree with the actions of our nation politically for the things we're doing, you all must take a moment and bow your head in silence to thank the young men and women who are out there doing the grunt work of the moral highground of humanity and stopping genocides, stopping evil leaders, and stopping and reversing the consistent and growing loss of ethics and morals that lead nations to wars. You must do so and thank your Maker for every one of them. It took tens of millions of lives to see why WWII was a necessary evil. It took millions of lives as payment to see why WWI was needed. The price for freedom is sometimes unfortunately measured in the amount of draped flags on coffins... but the payoff is the freedom to acknowledge our faults and our triumphs as humans and to do so with basic dignity restored to all. God Bless those who have served our nation and those of our allies. When I was in Anchorage, Alaska, 6 men and women in uniform were stepping off a plane for the first time onto US soil after their tours overseas. There was only one plane in the terminal besides theirs and it was ours. You would not believe the emotion on their faces when myself, my dad, and another man walked up to where they were, welcomed them "home", and lifted their bags from the baggage claim onto a cart for them that yet another civvy brought... serving those who served for us in a few moments and making them feel like rock stars for having taken enemy fire to prove the point of our nation. I hope that some day you will try in whatever way you can to share your gratitude with sommeone who wears camo for a living.... my day happened to just surprisingly spring on me over on vacation. Do it and do it with respect. Take a kid and show them why they need to do it too. That lesson needs to be passed. Thank you to anyone who served time for our freedom and be at peace, you fallen soldiers who did not come home. We all thank you worldwide for the peace you died trying to generate.