November 11 is observed annually as Veterans Day in the United States. Life in the U.S. affords us many freedoms, not the least of which is religious freedom. These freedoms have been fought for and defended by courageous men and women throughout the history of our country.
On Veterans Day and every day let us recognize gratefully the sacrifices of all military veterans as well as active duty members of the service. We celebrate their courage, offer our support and pray that the Lord will keep them safe from harm; that the families, relatives and friends of our military members will be strengthened and that the nations of the world and their people will seek to work together in harmony and peace.
Leading up to Veterans Day, the weekend of Nov. 9-10 is the collection for the Archdiocese of the Military Services, a substantial way to “serve those who serve.” Funds raised help the Archdiocese and its endorsed priests bring the Church’s full range of pastoral services to the men and women in uniform as well as their families and patients in the VA Medical Centers.
Read a Veterans Day message from Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services.
Photo credit (above): CNS photo, "U,S. Soldiers Salute" by Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters, Nov. 12, 2008