The fact that the Veterans Day ceremonies in Lake Placid were well attended despite the cold and snowy weather is a testament to the honor and respect the community has to those who have served our country.
Many great Americans and other figures throughout history have expressed the sentiment that war is a necessary evil to maintain peace.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “We make war that we may live in peace.” George Washington said that “to be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” And Thomas Jefferson noted that “whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.”
Unfortunately, there will be more wars and more Americans will go off to a foreign land, or perhaps even our own soil, to defend our country. Albert Einstein said that “As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.” This is the sad truth of the world we live in. There is even greater uncertainty in today’s world with the terrorist threat and unstable world economies.
No one should like the fact that war is inevitable. But fortunately, there is a day set aside to honor those who courageously head off to fight. Those who have died for our country are surely looking down with pride — at both those who serve today, have served in the past and to those who will serve tomorrow. And also to those citizens who show their support.