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Ask a Trooper: A forgotten holiday?

November 7, 2014
By Trooper Vince Kurtz - Iowa State Patrol Safety Education , Estherville News

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

-Elmer Davis

Director of War Information, WW II

On the list of most celebrated federal holidays, Veteran's Day is probably towards the bottom of the list. As members of the Iowa State Patrol we often highlight major holiday travel weekends for additional patrol. Veteran's Day is definitely not one of these; in fact it's probably one of the safest holidays to travel. So why all the ink and paper for a non-traffic safety related, week-day holiday?

The short answer? Thank you. Thank you, Veterans.

As a movie lover I am drawn to stories of battle and war, both historical and fictional. Stories of 'The Greatest Generation' in Saving Private Ryan (1998) the 'survive at all costs' mentality of our special forces in Lone Survivor (2013) And most recently the realities of being a WWII tank commander in Fury (2014). The draw for me is not some distorted glorification of war. It is the realization that the freedom we enjoy today was paid for by the sacrifices of our armed forces past and present. This sacrifice is summarized well in the gospel of John, chapter 15 verse 13 "There is no greater love than this: that a person would lay down his life for the sake of his friends." (ABPE translation)

It is on this holiday we salute those that have fought, and are fighting for freedom on behalf of the United States. And for the record, I'm guessing our Veterans would probably just as soon not make a big travel weekend out of their holiday. That's just who they are.

Oh say does that Star - Spangled Banner yet wave

Thanks to our Veterans, it does. Yes, it does.



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