Patriot in Action: Founder of America’s Veterans Day

Raymond Weeks of Alabama / Founder of America’s Veterans Day

A patriot in action feels patriotism and also takes action to serve, to lead, to make a difference for country. She sometimes sees a wrong that needs to be corrected; sometimes, he sees something not yet done that merits commitment and energy.

Raymond Weeks served his calling of a national Veterans Day for 40 years, from his envisioned concept in 1945 until his death in 1985. He is called the “Father of Veterans Day” primarily because of action he took during 1945-1954 leading to President Eisenhower signing Veterans Day into law as a federal holiday.

On November 11, 1945, Raymond Weeks, who had returned to Birmingham after his wartime service in the U.S. Navy, observed little more than a memorial service seemed to be organized in his city on Armistice Day. He felt his state and nation needed to do more to remember and honor veterans.

The seed of a calling had been planted. Raymond Weeks had the vision to expand and enrich Armistice Day, which celebrated the ending of WW I, to honor veterans of all U.S. fought wars.

Weeks presented a draft program in 1946 titled “National Veterans Day 1947” to General Dwight Eisenhower. The national event took place, as  promised, in Birmingham November 10-11, 1947.

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Meaning of Patriotism in Action

Patriotism: Love and loyal support of one’s country.

Patriotism in Action: a mindset that expects we will do what we can—great or small—to “be, know, and do” as our best-selves so we have more to give to our families, professions, and country.

Like “active faith,” Patriotism in Action can include though extends beyond singing and remembrance; people are good stewards of their capacities to serve. Yes, we encourage displays of flags and mementoes. We are glad when people feel “the spirit of Old Glory” in their veins. We like memorials as well as parades. Yet, we also believe a true patriot demonstrates the spirit of true professionalism to prepare for and do one’s duty plus to prepare for the call to serve in higher or different ways.

The annual Patriotism in Action Tribute to the Founder of National Veterans Day takes place November 10, 4:30-5, in Birmingham’s Linn Park (across from City Hall and Boutwell Auditorium). Chairman: Col. Bob Barefield (USA Ret); Emcee: Dr. David Dyson; Speaker: Mayor William Bell.

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All we Deserve is a Chance

All any of us deserve is a chance. It’s a gift, a bonus, if we also find help, friendship, and love.

In good times and bad, our call is to do our best with our callings, gifts, and talents. Our best-selves is the goal. Seeking significance is a higher value than success. To fulfill our callings is a key part of the purpose of life.

Callings and choices. One of the key choices is to be good stewards of our chances. We need to have purpose. We need to try, persist, and succeed at contributing to society as well as our own needs as often as we can.

When we fail, we can bounce back. When living out West, I learned the phrase “Cowboy Up!” We can get tougher. When we hurt, when we fail, we can heal, restore, try again. We can have “post traumatic growth.” We can restore trust in self and with others keeping promises.

Our country seems to have too many people feeling and acting “entitled.” We need more self reliance fulfilled in cooperation with others. More of us need to do our part and go beyond to help those who truly need assistance. Too many people are making excuses, expecting government assistance in the form of disability income when they can work, unemployment income when then they could find work if they tried more, even if that meant needing to improve attitude, skills, and knowledge.

All we usually get is a chance. Be productive with time and energy. Plan your life. Write it. Seek to discover your callings. Make good choices, discerning priorities. If you see someone who truly is not capable of sustaining themselves, help them. Even the most capable often need assistance for awhile.

Our society was established based on 90% supporting themselves and the 10% who need assistance. Some of those expecting government to pay for them need to work as much as their mental and physical energies will sustain–if not “full-time.”

America is challenged economically. We are at war with terrorism. We must do our part. True patriots do their best–even under stress.