In a week when the news organizations will ignore all else in favor of what happens/happened tomorrow, I would like to draw your attention to the event at the end of the week. Here in the US, Veterans Day is this Friday.
When I walk our Irish Setter, Maddie, through Veterans Memorial Park, it’s usually a busy place. Three soccer fields and two baseball diamonds keep the activity level high. This weekend was different. I’m not sure if it was the time, we were a bit early, or the temperature, in the 30s, but the park was quiet. A couple of warm weeks following a mid-October dip into the 30s has caused the fall color to linger. At least that’s my guess as to why we still have red, orange and yellow trees along with piles of brown leaves. The reason doesn’t matter. As we walked into the park, I focused on the stunning beauty surrounding the small memorial at the center of the park.
The memorial is there because we honor the people who actually made this country great. We honor the people who served, who fought and who died. We honor the people who came home to elaborate parades and those who came home to scorn and ridicule. We honor the people for whom we built statues and we honor the people who came home to lives wracked by poverty, illness and inadequate care. We honor the people buried in foreign countries, or still officially missing in action, who never came home.
This time last year, we were already embroiled in election coverage. We skipped over Veterans Day, just like we skipped over floods, hurricanes, pipeline ruptures and thousands of newsworthy events that followed, that weren’t newsworthy enough this year. A historic World Series win by the Cubs, barely derailed the rhetoric.
So, if you live in the States, please vote tomorrow. Then have your fill of coverage, but set aside some time this week to think about the brave men and women who served to secure, and who continue to serve to preserve our right to cast that vote. If you want a break from the nonsense, please check out the gallery of bonus fall photos.