In My Own Shoes: Every day should always be their day | Guest columns

When I was little, I thought it was great that there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day every year.

But when I got a little older, I became jealous of all the gifts, cards, meal vouchers and attentions that one parent or the other received on a special day when the other parent only gave me said it would be nice to give up some of my allowance to help fund the celebration. Anyway, kids are inherently selfish, so I pouted realizing the attention was on me for an entire day…a lifetime for a spoiled brat! When I whined to my dad, “Why don’t we ever have a children’s day?” My ears were full.

“Every day is Children’s Day,” he began. “Every day of the year you have good food, treats, a warm bed, friends to play with, movies and field trips, birthday parties and special treats. Children are every parent’s first priority or should be, so you always come first, and you always will be in this house. Do not forget this.

Well, I guess he told me! Recently, I started thinking about Veterans Day. Yes, it was celebrated just two days ago, and we held parades, discounts and free meals to honor those who secured our freedoms, but why should it be just one date on a schedule of 365 per year? Those who fought on foreign soil, who defended our freedoms in scorching heat as they trudged through the sand, or shivered in frozen burrows as bombs and bullets whistled all around them, did not not asked to be honored one day a year. In fact, they asked for nothing more than not to come home in a body bag.

Veterans, however, are not just those who have gone overseas or gone to war. Veterans are those who were and are members of any branch of the military. The title is not reserved only for those who wear body armor, but for those who have honorably served the United States of America, whether with a gun in hand or sitting at a desk.

I get such a wonderful feeling when I see Ken Burton and his selfless and dedicated team put up these flags in our bi-state area on every patriotic holiday and when I drive or walk through downtown Westerly, the faces of these hometown heroes are watching me. from the poles. If we mark every day as Veterans Day, we reaffirm all that is good and positive about our country despite all the bumps, warts, and troubles. But we as a people know how to come together, how to come together despite everything we hear to the contrary, and it’s in large part thanks to our veterans on the ground, here at home and in retirement that we have this privilege to do so.

I guess my dad was right all those years ago. Every day is children’s day. It should be the same for veterans.

What is a veteran?

A veteran is someone who has served the United States and will never forget that it was a privilege to do so.

A veteran can be male or female, tall or short, fat or thin, white or colored. It doesn’t matter because other veterans never see the differences, they only see what binds them together.

A veteran enters the service of our country with little knowledge and great apprehension, but comes out with a healthy respect for this country and the safety of its people.

A veteran might know what it was like to crawl through the dirt, to walk until his feet blistered, to withstand terrible heat, and to be chilled to the bone. bones, but he never has trouble standing up straight and saluting whenever the American flag passes. by.

A veteran learned all about shooting guns, but even more about keeping the peace.

A veteran has participated in battles and parades and realizes that he is doing it for exactly the same reasons.

A veteran saw the worst in humanity but fought for the best in us all.

God bless our veterans. They are an integral part of our history, bringing hope and endurance to our future and will remain so if we never stop remembering them.

You don’t have to put your head to your forehead to greet, you just have to acknowledge them.

Rona Mann has been a freelance writer for The Sun for 21 years, including her “In Their Shoes” articles. She can be reached at [email protected] or 401-539-7762.

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