Some Veteran’s Day Notes and the Direction of AMVETS Social Networking Presence
“Back in July of 1950, right after the Korean War started, my father called us all together, my fourteen cousins and I. He told us there’s a war that has started; it’s your generation’s turn to volunteer to go. In our family you didn’t wait ‘til you were drafted, you just go.”
Native American Veterans Associate National Commander, Don Loudner is standing between the oak tree-sized pillars of the Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater, telling the story of how his military service came to be.
He pauses to cover his hand to his face, momentarily blocking the calm but consistent wind whistling through the marble structure. The light morning fog causes him to squint in focus, collecting his thoughts before explaining on what today symbolizes to him.
“As National Commander of all Indian Veterans serving with a whole range of other soldiers, I can remember when we got back a lot of us didn’t even go to the VA (Veteran Affairs) We told people we didn’t go to war for the benefits,” explains Louden.
“We went to keep the freedom we’ve had for years. Needed to retain the freedom.”
Loudner had flown in from Portland, Oregon, after previously traveling to Portland from his home in South Dakota. No matter how busy, his determination to reach Arlington Virginia can only be echoed by the other veterans in a representative position like his.
To many, the Arlington Veteran’s Day wreath laying observance is circled in calendars months before November, as well as flights and accommodations booked early, as they diminish fast. Diversity between those who have served our nation range from those who are Catholic to Jewish, men to women, Scottish, African or Native American, etc.
Several times of the year, representatives for each organization dedicated to our diverse vets gather in the tradition of wreath laying. They silently symbolize that while veterans carry different ancestry and served in unique ways, they make up one forever-holding bond; they are America’s veterans. They are America’s finest. They act as the sheepdog, endlessly guarding its herd from the wolves, foreign and domestic, that seeks to unleash evil onto all they come in contact with.
Many civilians not acquainted to military lifestyle find it hard to distinguish between the days we honor or celebrate. Most Americans find little difference between Memorial and Veteran’s Day, some even going so far as to salute the flag upon hearing our National Anthem or wear un-authorized articles of uniform that they find.
I’ll pause for a moment to let that sink in.
At AMVETS, we strive to provide exceptional service to those who have served this country and its citizens. This includes raising awareness and creating a platform that properly displays what our vets are all about. As we continue to build on our social network presence, AMVETS aims to bridge the relationship gap that is occasionally visible between citizens and veterans, while also maintaining a hunger, considerably a mild obsession, to provide undying service our veterans.
God Bless Our Vets,
Communication Manager, AMVETS
Communication Manager, AMVETS