A Heartfelt Tribute To Veterans
Veteran’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate our military veterans! We are constantly reminded of the sacrifices made by service men and women and their families. USWM offers this special tribute to all of our Veterans! We would like to honor all the service men and women that risk their lives day in and day out for the freedom of this great country we call home.
Veteran’s Day was originally known as Armistice Day and is the anniversary of the end of WW1. Hostilities ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954 the day became known as Veterans Day. It is tradition here in the U.S. of A. for a wreath to be placed on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery. World War 1 lasted from the summer of 1914 to November 1918 and claimed the lives of an estimated 16.5 million people – military personnel and civilians. The United States entered the war on April 6, 1917 and lost over 116,000 soldiers in about a year and a half. It was to become known as The Great War and encompassed the globe. America has had casualties in nearly 80 wars and conflicts since the Revolutionary War. This accounts for nearly 3 million casualties, but it doesn’t count all of the lives changed from loss of husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. We hope for peace, but when called upon, the American soldier has proven time and again that they are prepared and willing to defend freedom here and abroad.
To all those who have served and sacrificed with honor in service of this country, we say Thank You and God Bless! To the families of those who have paid the ultimate price, we also offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for your sacrifice.
Vive la liberté!
There’s a moment toward the end of the movie, “The Patriot”, where American forces have defeated the British in Yorktown. Characters Benjamin Martin and Jean Villeneuve exchange appreciation for the victory and subsequent liberty. “Vive la liberté!”, Villeneuve says to Martin. The movie is a powerful reminder of the struggles that secured our independence and the sacrifices incurred.
This generation is over 240 years removed from the conflict that secured this independence. We never want to forget the sacrifices made on our behalf though. Freedom and liberty are two important concepts we should strive to remember, and cherish. Here are a few quotes from that time period. These folks were serious about liberty:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence
“I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” – Patrick Henry
“Those that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“The rights of the individual should be the primary object of all governments.” – Mercy Otis Warren
“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” – Thomas Jefferson
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine
Show-Me Heroes Program
US Wellness Meats is a member company of Missouri’s Show-Me Heroes, an effort to hire Missouri’s Veterans. The Show-Me Heroes program was started in 2010 and has become a cooperative effort between Missouri businesses, Army National Guard and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.
Consider Supporting Veteran’s Organizations
Please take a moment to visit the worthwhile organizations we’ve featured:
- Hire Our Heroes
- Lone Star Foundation
- The Recovery Village
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Boot Campaign
- Honor Flight Network
- Guitars for Vets
- Operation Gratitude
- Soldiers’ Angels
- Fox River Socks for Soldiers
- Military Warriors Support Foundation
- Paralyzed Veterans of America Mission:ABLE
- Dental Care Resources For Vets
- Special Operations Warrior Project
- Alaska’s Healing Hearts
- Wounded Warrior Project
PTSD, Substance Abuse and suicide are topics that all too often go together. Check out this article, Addiction and Suicide Amongst Veterans: Finding Hope in the Darkness, about the many resources available to help veterans struggling in these areas.
Additional Veteran’s Resources
- 50+ Health Care Benefits, Career Resources, and Discounts for Women Veterans
- Veteran’s Resource Centers of America
- Make The Connection
- National Veterans Foundation
- Military Discount Center
- 250+ Military Discounts
- Addiction Treatment for Veterans
- Addiction Group
- Veterans and Homelessness
- Guide to GI Benefits
- Bluecrest Recovery Center – Addiction Resources for Parents
Care Packages For Soldiers
A few years ago, we surprised soldiers with some of our favorite snacks! 16 soldiers in Zabul, Afghanistan enjoyed our beef jerky, pemmican, albacore tuna, pouched salmon and an assortment of other healthy snacks. It is our honor to do what we can to ensure our soldiers are fueled with the best soldier snacks while on duty. As pictured below, soldiers are hooking up a sling load to a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter in Afghanistan.
US Wellness Meats has been a regular sponsor of programs designed to send care packages to our troops overseas.
From all the farm families of US Wellness Meats we extend a big salute today and every day to all that have so selflessly served this country.