We celebrate veterans every November 11th. Initially this day was called Armistice Day, to memorialize the day and time, (the 11th hour on the 11th day of November,1918) that the treaty was signed which ended World War 1, the Great War, called “the war to end all wars.” Obviously, all things hoped for are not necessarily the reality. There have been so many wars since. Men of African descent have fought for our country in every single war, declared or not declared…and yet when these brave soldiers returned to the country for which they fought, they were not treated as heroes, nor even as humans. So often they returned home having to fight the wars of racism, bigotry, and hate. The hopes and even the assertions made in our country’s documents, and anthems regarding all people believed to be equal under God who should be afforded equal rights under the law are aspirational, hoped for, and unfortunately, not yet the reality. And still we rise. And still we support. And still we believe that what this country insists is its practice and beliefs will one day become more than aspirational…and will become the reality for all. We, as a people, continue to fight for this; we continue to pray for this; we continue to hope for this; and we continue to vote for this. Today we thank all veterans for their service, and we give special thanks to our heroes of the African Diaspora, who have fought for this country in-spite of the ways in which this country has not fully embraced them. Let’s speak their names, honor them, and thank them. Think of our heroes, pray for our heroes, and ensure that our heroes are celebrated on this Veterans Day and every day. God bless them and “our country tis of the”…that will one day, it will truly become, “sweet land of liberty.” Of this I sing.
Love and realness,