On Veterans Day, November 11, we take time to honor all those who have served in the military and remember their contributions to our national security. The holiday was originally named Armistice Day and recognized the heroism of World War I soldiers (WWI ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). In 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI (July 28, 1914) and the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944). We remember and honor everyone who has served, not only those who died, but all who have sacrificed and done their duty.
Both my dad and grandfather served in the military and I was inspired to show my appreciation with a small nail art tribute. During a veterans parade, you many notice many people wearing or holding poppies. Red poppies are a symbol of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of World War I, which comes from the fact that poppies grow on Flanders Battlefield where many soldiers are buried. The poppy has come to symbolize all veterans, as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars use poppies in their auxiliary programs, where volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe-paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.
BOT is delighted to publish a wonderful new audiobook from Starbucks CEO and longtime veterans’ advocate Howard Schultz and National Book Award finalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice, which details the extraordinary courage, dedication, and sacrifice American veterans make on the battlefield and at home. Rajiv Chandrasekaran narrates this informative and engaging audiobook.
The first half of the audiobook tells the stories of soldiers at war, including a 60-year-old doctor who joined the navy after his son was killed, an Army sergeant who repeatedly runs through a storm of gunfire to save the lives of his wounded comrades and two Marines who sacrifice their lives to halt an oncoming truck bomb and protect thirty-three of their brothers in arms. Part Two of the audiobook tells listeners how veterans make vital contributions once they return home, drawing on their leadership skills and commitment to service: former soldiers who aid residents in rebuilding after natural disasters; a former infantry officer who trades in a Pentagon job to teach in an inner-city neighborhood; a retired general leading efforts to improve treatments for brain-injured troops.
These powerful, unforgettable stories demonstrate just how indebted we are to those who protect us and what they have to offer our nation when their military service is done.
Take time to thank those who have served and active military service members.