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To all my brothers and sisters who have served, we wish you a happy Veteran's Day. Stand down, Soldier/Sailor/Airmen/Marine, take a knee, and drink water.

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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- LTC John McRae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army

I've always loved that poem. It came from World War I, which is where the origins of Veteran's Day are, as well. Originally it was just Armistice Day, celebrating the end of hostilities between the Allies and Germany on the Western Front in the Great War. I sometimes think Veteran's Day and Memorial Day should be swapped, as Memorial Day seems more fitting to celebrate in conjunction with Armistice Day as a remembrance of those lost, while Veteran's Day is supposed to be more about recognizing those who have served or are serving and are still here.

To all who serve, we thank you. On this day, we hope you get some time to take a knee and rest. You've earned it.

If you're a Veteran, feel free to post a picture in the comments section below. To get you started, here's some goofy ones of me...

At my Officer Basic Course back in 2005

Sitting outside the tent in Kuwait a day or two before heading north into Iraq. Everyone's got to grow the deployment 'stache at some point. I don't think mine lasted a day or two past this picture.