Bird's Eye View

Remembering our vets and helping our kids

2013-11-06T00:00:00Z Remembering our vets and helping our kidsRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
November 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Many years ago, there was a point in the 1st World War that a temporary cease-fire was called at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month between Germany and our Allies. Some time after the end of that war the President of our great land, Woodrow Wilson declared this day as Armistice Day. Later in the late fifties, President Eisenhower changed the name of this day to Veterans Day. A day to honor all veterans whether they be of foreign wars or right here on our own soil. We need to continue to work until world peace predominates our lives.

Even though they have put in their time defending this land, they are still on hand to form a support system for all the men and women traveling overseas to make sure we can sleep at night and enjoy all the freedoms that we have all come to know and other countries can only wish for.

A veteran by Webster’s definition is an old soldier of long service, a former member of the armed services or a person of long experience in an occupation of skill. I believe that a veteran, in this day and age, is someone who gives up life as we know it to protect all the fundamental ideas that our country was built upon so many years ago. They give of themselves for our security and freedoms. For this I’m thankful and we should all feel blessed to be a part of such a great country regardless of our political views.

We have to maintain a positive and strong image. Without that image we will eventually fall prey to our enemies.

Of course, we are fearful and sad for our family members and friends who go off and do what they feel they need to do, but we must stand proud of them and the mission they are embarking upon. We have to have the faith that originally bound this country at it’s inception, that this is best for all of us. To quote Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., “That kind of faith is when you step down on to a staircase even though you cannot see the end.” We also need to offer support and comfort for all the family and friends left behind.

So, this November 11th, which actually falls on Monday this year, make sure you thank a vet for their priceless service to this great union called the United States of America.

Lastly, I would like to let you know that on Thursday, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. marks the second annual Porter County Give Day made possible by the Porter County Community Foundation and The Times. This is a day where you can point, click and give to your favorite nonprofit organization that will benefit kids in Porter County. The dollars you donate will be matched by a pool of funds. The Friends of Portage Township Foundation is one of the groups that is close to my heart that will benefit from this day. So please go to or you may give in person at Give Day Headquarters, the Times offices at 1111 Glendale in Valparaiso from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Give to make a difference in a kid’s life.

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