I encourage all of you on this day to think. Of course, I encourage you to always think — even though most of humanity despises people who think too much.
However, today is a day to think about a particular subject.
Today is a day to remember all those who once served in the armed forces in the US. Nevertheless, I don’t consider that to be enough. I believe that today should be a day to remember all those who once served in the armed forces in any and all countries. Today should be a day to also remember those who are still serving. For they too will one day be veterans, whether or not they make it through war alive. Today should be a day of remembrance and respect for those who are still alive. They are making the greatest possible sacrifice any human can make in an effort to protect others.
Even I — someone who is so much against war that I have vowed never to serve in any position (combatant or non-combatant) in the armed forces unless we are fighting on our own soil — hold great respect for those who serve. Although some of them are people who at first joined just because they thought it would make them awesome and loved by their preferred sex (this usually goes only for men), most such people are filtered out in the training process.
I also encourage you to realize the horrors of war and the fact that, although it is a terrible thing that should not exist in a civilized world, it still exists and these people are those experiencing these terrors firsthand. These people are the very reason why I am against war. No one should have to live through that. No one should have to die in that.
So please, give them the respect they greatly deserve. Maybe even read a bit of Slaughterhouse-Five today. After all, Kurt Vonnegut was a veteran.