You may remember when I asked for prayers and well wishes for one very special veteran, PFC Derek McConnell. I’m happy to report that after over 100 days in the hospital, he’s looking forward to entering the rehabilitation phase of his recovery. Go Derek!
On July 23, 2011, Derek stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and in an
instant, lost both his legs and suffered numerous other severe injuries,
including a skull fracture. It was touch and go for Derek for a very
long time, but he is an amazing young man with an amazing family. His mother and fiancee both left their jobs and homes to stay with Derek at the new Walter Reed in Bethesda since he arrived over 100 days ago. With their help, he’s taken unit’s motto “Climb to Glory” to heart, and continues to improve and get stronger.
Thank you, Derek, for your bravery, courage, duty and sacrifice.
Derek is just one veteran, though. Who do you know who’s served in the military? I know veterans of all ages and walks of life, including a World War II vet. Thank you, Jason, Mark, John, Dave, Joel, Bill, Andrew, and David, just to name a few. We are all in your debt.
At the same time we’re honoring our veterans here in the US, countries all over the world honor soldiers who have lost their lives in battle. This day, 11/11, is the anniversary of the end of World War I, and countries in the Commonwealth celebrate it as Remembrance Day. If you’re a hockey fan in the US, you might have seen some Canadian coaches wearing red poppies on their lapels. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance, drawn from the poem, In Flanders Fields.
Peace, not War
While I am thankful for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for their country, this day is the anniversary of peace. The end of A war. If only it could’ve been the end of ALL war.
Happy Veteran’s Day