Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors all those who served in the United States Armed Forces.
My dad was a proud veteran who served not only in World War II but the Korean War as well. He left active service as a Major in the Air Force.
The focus of Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May.
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which kept U.S. LGBT soldiers from openly serving in the military was officially repealed on September 20, 2011, making this the 9th Veterans Day that openly LGB American military members can celebrate with their loved ones.
Much thanks to President Obama and Congressional Democrats for moving us this much closer to equality and allowing proud LGB Americans to protect the country they love.
With this election, here’s hoping Donald Trump’s misguided transgender military service ban comes to an end soon so proud trans service members can be a part of the celebrations as well.
Deep thanks to all who serve, both past and present, to protect the United States.
While we’re here, a small round-up of Veteran’s Day Instagram posts:
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Today, we honor the service of those who have worn the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States. To our proud veterans—I will be a commander in chief who respects your sacrifice, understands your service, and will never betray the values you fought so bravely to defend.