In the past, I have used this space to share the definition, and the history behind this holiday. Seems like I catch writing about most of our military holidays since I am a veteran; I served our country between the months of December 1974 and December 1977.
As a member of the United States Marine Corps, I gave our country my best, and the holidays which honor my service are very, very gratifying. We observe Veterans Day commemorating the end of World War I. We have a similar holiday at the end of May, Memorial Day, but this should never be confused with Veterans Day. The huge difference is that Memorial Day honors all the men and women who died in service of our country while Veterans Day commemorates all the Veterans who have served our great country. Seems like splitting hairs, but in my opinion, this should be a celebration of the price of freedom. We never want to forget the greatest sacrifices that some made, but we can never forget the time and efforts of those fortunate enough to serve and come back home.
On November 10, those of us who have served in the Marine Corps will celebrate the 237th birthday of our beloved Corps. The pride and dedication of all who have passed before us and the celebration of those who will follow is enough to send chills down my spine. I’m pleased and proud to say “Happy Birthday Marine!” to my brothers in arms, past and present.
So, what does this have to do with motorcycling? Not all riders are veterans, but I think it’s quite interesting how many are. Anyway, over this holiday, take a moment to reflect on the price of freedom and thank a veteran who has paid part of that price.