Honor and Respect Exemplied in Action

Today, November 11, 2015 is a day we have reserved as a nation to honor our veterans. I am remembering with love all of my ancestors who have served. I am thinking about my father, grandfather and my young nephew David who is serving now.

It is important to honor and respect those who have served and are serving our nation.

What an honor to be able to acknowledge the sacrifice, the devotion and service of our veterans. ALL veterans deserve our genuine acknowledgement–all veterans from all cultures, all backgrounds, women and men, all veterans whether Native or Indigenous, Asian or Latino, African American or Caucasian, Spanish-speaking or code talker, formally educated or wise through life experience, democrats or republican, voluntarily enlisted or drafted deserve our appreciation. Let us be thankful not just on the eleventh day of the eleventh month but every single day with the integrity that is deserved.

Our nation and our leaders have a history of making promises to coax others through treaties or contracts to sacrifice land, time or even service. We must honor what we promise don’t you think? Broken promises result in broken people and broken people result in broken communities. What does this mean for our nation? What does this promise of our future?

We must change the way we honor those who serve our nation because they cannot eat words, soundbites do not provide housing and promises do not ensure proper medical care. We must insist our elected leaders do more to honor veterans, all veterans every single day of their lives with dignity and respect.

Elizabeth Asahi Rising Sun Sato

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