Reflection on Veterans Day

Yesterday we honored the duty, sacrifice and service of all Americans who have served in the armed services. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which remembers the men and women who died while serving our country – Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans.

This holiday came about when World War I came to an end, specifically, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month in 1918. After four years of fighting and some 20 million lives lost, the date of November 11th became a national holiday of remembrance for many of the allied nations, including the United States. However, after World War II came to an end, there was a movement to rename this holiday Veterans Day, as a day that recognized veterans from all of America’s conflicts – past, present and future.

As we all know, World War I and II were not the last, or even the worst of the wars that America has participated in. However, the dream that one day our world will be at peace remains a hope for all of our veterans who had to risk their lives for their country. Yesterday, we celebrated the strength, commitment and courage of our veterans in facing conflict, in hopes of long lasting peace.

Once a soldier, always a soldier – and we all play a role in the continuance of strength and courage in our veterans’ lives upon returning home. It takes the community as a whole to ensure their continued strength, employment, education and healthcare post-military service.

These men and women are our heroes, and we can only hope that you made sure to applaud their devotion to this great country not only yesterday, but every day. Just like Far West Capital encourages entrepreneurs and small businesses to seek out what they deserve, we know that our veterans deserve every opportunity to use the skills, knowledge and leadership they gained during their time in the military.

We encourage all of you to look for ways to help our veterans and their families as they continue their lives off the battlefield. When you think about how you got your start as an entrepreneur, remember those who helped you along the way. Our veterans cannot do it alone either. At the very least, go out of your way to thank them for all they did, and continue to do. Their sacrifices deserve recognition. Go unleash their potential to succeed.

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