Memorial To All Soldiers Of Justice: Lest We Forget

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*Today’s post is a memorial, dedicated to all soldiers of justice.

The purpose of a memorial is to recognize and remember… to serve as a reminder… to preserve memory.

Many countries around the world have established November 11th as a memorial, with 11 a.m. set aside for a moment of silence.

In our recollection, let us be mindful, recounting and recalling those who have sacrificed greatly, in some cases their all, to procure the many freedoms we enjoy.

Some History To This Armistice Memorial

In 1918, at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” Allied powers and Germany brought World War I to a close with the signing of an armistice at Rethondes, France.

This is also why the “moment of silence” is observed at 11 a.m. on November 11th.

In January of 1918, US President Woodrow Wilson had proposed policies, known as Fourteen Points outlining a diplomatic solution to the war.

Even though the armistice ended the fighting, it took half a year of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to render the Treaty of Versailles.

The Treaty of Versailles, a memorial to peace.

The Treaty of Versailles, a memorial to peace.

File attribution: Wikipedia Commons
This treaty is on display in the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

President Wilson declared the first Armistice Day in 1919.

Until 1945, November 11th was memorialized as “Armistice Day” in Great Britain, France and the US; a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.

After World War II, Armistice Day was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both world wars.

A memorial to my wife's father who served in World War II to liberate Holland.

A memorial to my wife’s father who served in World War II to liberate Holland 1945.

British Commonwealth countries recognize Armistice Day as “Remembrance Day” and is observed as a memorial of members of armed forces of all wars.

In 1945, World War II veteran, Raymond Weeks, wanted to expand the meaning of Armistice Day to honor all veterans. He became the driving force behind what is now known as Veterans Day.

Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars, whether living, dead in action, or deceased from other causes.

In other countries, November 11th is set aside specifically for honoring those who died in action.

In the US, Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, is the official national remembrance of the war dead. It dates back to the years following the American Civil War when the graves of soldiers were decorated.

In most states, the observance of Memorial Day is held on May 30th, honoring those who died in the service of their country. In Canada, Memorial Day is observed with Canada Day on July 1st in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A Memorial To Love

A memorial to service: Kevin J. Carleo, a US Marine for 20 years plans to run for President in 2016.

A memorial to Kevin J. Carleo, a US Marine for 20 years, INTENDS to run for President in 2020.

You see, soldiers of justice are issued orders that they fiercely obey.

They carry out their orders in war, and war on crime.

Why do they do this?

They do it because love and obedience are two sides of the same reality.

Not the somewhat vague, often sentimental feeling that is associated to love, but the reality revealed in obedience.

John 15:3 says,

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Please think about that a moment. Remember those who have paid the heaviest sacrifice in laying down their lives for freedoms so easily taken for granted.

Remembrance Day is also known as “Poppy Day,” named for the bright blood-red flowers that grew wild in some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, and now a familiar symbol for the bloodshed there.

I encourage you to take a moment to watch this short video.

For the acronym buffs… I define the word MEMORIAL as a…
Monumental Edifice Made Ostensibly Recognizing Infantrymen Affording Liberty

I think it wise in our remembrances to also think of other soldiers of justice who are fighting wars on other fronts. Police officers and rescue workers the world over put their lives on the line on a daily basis.

It is my fervent hope that this memorial will serve as a reminder for people everywhere to BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

Have Your Say…

Do you have a loved one who has served or is serving your country?

Please share your memorial thoughts and remembrances here. I will love to know more. Thank you kindly!

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

10 thoughts on “Memorial To All Soldiers Of Justice: Lest We Forget

  1. Hi Bill,
    Thanks for reminding us to have gratitude for those who served us through their service to the nation putting their own lives at risk – everyday.
    Yes, I have my own younger brother who served for the Indian Navy and a brother in law who still serves in the Indian Air Force. It’s not because of the family members but for many others who are fighting the fight, being uncomfortable every single day so we can have a good night sleep – fill me with a sense of gratitude for those heroes. They are the brave men and women who put their life on the line for their nation and we must remember that and respect the freedom that we enjoy today and everyday of our lives.

    A great post, Thank you!

    Regards,
    Kumar

    • Hi Kumar,

      Thank you for remembering your family in your comments as well.

      I think it’s important to remember and honor those who are so easily forgotten,
      not only on days that nations are call upon us to remember them, but in our daily lives as well.

      Glad you enjoyed the post.

      Kind Regards,
      Bill

  2. Thank you Bill for a great post and reminder that we all should be thankful for those who have come before us and those who continue to serve. Thank you to ALL VETERANS past, present, and future. For those who are currently serving, those who have previously served and those who have made “The Ultimate Sacrifice” you will never be forgotten. For those who have previously served and are currently serving, a grateful nation “thanks you”. For those who have yet to serve, a heavy responsibility awaits you. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with and for each and every one of you. THANK YOU.

    • Terry, I salute you, my friend! Thank YOU for your service.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments of gratitude you have expressed. I was in the military
      fresh out of high school oh so many years ago. I have very fond memories of my many experiences,
      and am also grateful for all that I learned as a young man. It had a profound impact on who I am today.

      Kind Personal Regards,
      Bill

  3. Hi Bill,

    I got here just in time. I was having a discussion with my mom and she has remembered this as armistice day. We were wondering when they changed the name to Veteran’s Day. Now I have the answer to our discussion….Thank you!

    I am quite partial to the brave people who fought for our country. When I see a soldier in a restaurant, I pay his or her bill. It is the least I can do for someone who lays their life down for us.

    My Grandfather immigrated to the U.S. Shortly before WWI. He joined up as an American Soldier. He received a purple heart and some other medals. It was always proudly displayed in his living room. Grandpa always told us how lucky we were to live in America.

    All his 6 sons fought in WWII. One of my uncles was the first to hit Normady. There were little shared from all of them because that’s the way soldiers go I guess.

    My dad was pretty lucky. He didn’t serve because he was too young for WWII and was stationed in the US for the Korean war, but it was over by the time he finished training.

    God Bless America!

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you very much for sharing the stories of honor that your family so richly deserve.
      I believe your Grandpa, speaking form his experience, would have known what he was talking about.

      I didn’t know my Grandpa on my Mom’s side very well, but he was a Merchant Marine and he lived through
      WW 1 and WW II. I served in the military during the Cold War.

      We can only imagine the very stories that many soldiers returning home from wars, even today,
      are reluctant to even speak about. I worked with a Sgt. who fought in the Korean war and had schrapnel
      in his backside. No one could ever get him to talk about it. We can be thankful, indeed.

      God bless you, and your family. You have many wonderful memories to treasure.

      Bill

  4. Hi Bill,

    You know November 11th is a national holiday in France. People are off and there are official ceremonies all over France to remember those who served at war.

  5. Hi Bill,

    I’m late getting by here to comment but this was really a lovely post and a great tribute to all that are here and those that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. My Dad served in the Navy as well and was on a rescue ship stationed out of Alaska.

    I have a friend who’s son is serving and right now is stationed close to me for the time being. I always tell our countrymen and women thank you when I see them dressed in uniform because it’s the least I can do for all they’ve done for us.

    I really appreciate you sharing this bit of history with us, I didn’t know some of this myself so thank you for that.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week Bill and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you for sharing about your Dad. All deserve honor and recognition, especially those
      returning veterans who find it difficult to make adjustments after experiencing war.

      That is something that we are very fortunate to not have to concern ourselves with.
      Hopefully we never will.

      Thank you for your regards. I’m having a very busy but enjoyable week so far. 🙂

      All the best in your endeavors!
      Bill

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