“Word to the nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.”
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
(Header image: Ninety-nine members of the United States Armed Forces from 33 countries take the oath of U.S. citizenship at Camp Pendleton, September 17, 2009. Photo is courtesy of the United States Marine Corps.)
Willwork Global Event Services is a leading exhibition services and event management company.
Launched in 1987, Willwork is growing rapidly and works in cities, towns, villages, and hamlets across America. We are also busy with projects in Brazil and the Pacific Rim.
We are based in the Boston suburb of Easton, MA, and operate offices in major U.S. metropolitan areas.
In this space, Willwork frequently gives thanks to and heralds the sacrifice of those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces. We honor and celebrate in this space those, whether in the military or not, who have sacrificed and willingly put themselves in harm’s way to advance and achieve noble and virtuous causes.
Among posts of this nature and substance are a Veterans Day 2016 post, which can be accessed by clicking here, and a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday post that can be accessed by clicking here.
Every day should be a day to show gratitude to all Americans who have worn and who wear the uniform of the United States military.
Yet, still, we appreciate and embrace Veterans Day as an event that facilitates, nurtures, and assists a broad and far-reaching societal observance and reflection on the martial service and sacrifice necessary to found and maintain our republic.
Veterans Day 2019 coincides with the 30th anniversary of the physical fall of the Berlin Wall. (Actually, the fall of the wall commenced on November 9, 1989 – but the historic cascade of euphoria, joy, and adrenaline were still very much in the birth phase on November 11, 1989.) And we emphasize here the “physical” fall of the wall, because, in truth, as soon as the wall went up, in 1961, continuous and inextinguishable thirst for freedom and liberty, and spirited and passionate words and actions … some on the order of heroic … fomented in a way that assured the eventual destruction of the stone and wire structure that deprived liberty.
As the Berlin Wall collapsed, it all initiated and inspired, across a wide swath of Europe, a freedom revolution and the death knell of repressive governments, and the liberation of tens of millions of people.
Now, of course, the repression under which the people were living had been instituted when, in the immediate wake of the end of World War II, the Soviet Union imposed its rule across the eastern section of the continent.
The Soviet occupation and takeover of this part of the world commenced the Cold War – a stretch of about 20 years of tension during which the democratic U.S. faced off against the communist Soviet Union, with the nations never engaging in one-on-one hot conflict, but coming close.
A major reason that the United States and freedom won the Cold War was the military service, all over the globe, of U.S. men and women, whether or not that service involved hearing a shot fired in anger.
Those men and women stood on a wall and served … and were willing to give all … to defend liberty.
As do the men and women of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard today.
Of this we, all of us, need to be ever mindful.
Willwork Global Event Services says, “Thank You” to all our veterans!!