November 11th, 2009
12:43 PM ET

A tribute to the fallen at Fort Hood

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Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the 11th day of the month as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

It was the first anniversary of the end of the "Great War" and it was hoped we would never go into battle again. Unfortunately that is not how history turned out. The "Great War" became known as World War I. Many conflicts followed. Many more Americans went to war and many gave up their lives.

November 11 was renamed to honor our veterans in 1954 by one of America's greatest military leaders, 34th President Dwight David Eisenhower.

How strange that on the very eve of this day, President Obama was addressing a memorial service for the slain soldiers of last week's massacre at Fort Hood before the thousands of men and women who served with them on the Army's largest military base.

The president is the commander in chief and the task of sending young men and women into combat is the most serious duty he bears. As he ponders the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, he saw the men and women of our Army up close. These are the soldiers who will be part of whatever decision he makes. And they are fabulous soldiers ready for whatever duty he requests of them.

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  1. Sondra Allen

    On this Veteran's Day, I want to thank my brother, Marvie Brown, all other veterans, those fallen heroes, and those currently serving our country for their service and sacrifice.He recently shared a heartwarming story of his homecoming from the Vietnam War. He was walking through the airport to catch a flight home. He was apprehesive, and anxious because of the anti- Vietnam war sentiment. He expected the worst.and was ready to fight!"
    He observed two young women in long flowing dresses, flowers in their hair, and a long stemed rose in each of their hands, approaching him. He said he thought, "I've never hit a woman," then told myself, "these girls are not Jane Fonda". (My brother kept his sense of humor under the worst circumstances.)
    They went up to him, kissed his cheeks, said , "thank you", then presented the roses to him. He said collapsed to the floor in a sobbing, crumpled heap.
    He told me. "I will never forget their faces."
    Thanks to these two ladies, whoever and wherever they are, for greeting my brother with respect and kindness. Every veteran deserves such a homecoming!!!!

    November 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm |