I remember as a young child seeing a man at the store handing out poppies. The younger me desperately wanted one, but the man did not approach me, and instead handed the poppy to my grandfather, who took it proudly, and placed it in his lapel. When I asked him about it, he said "I wear it because I'm a veteran." The rest of our trip to the store, he was met with nods and handshakes. In the Internet era, we don't have so many tokens like these, but we do still remember. These Instagram captions for Veterans Day are perhaps not the modern day equivalent of a poppy in a lapel, but are nevertheless a small gesture of thanks to the brave soldiers who have served so faithfully.
Instagram is our generation's means of expressing ourselves. To previous generations, it may seem silly or trite, but to us, it's all we know. We were raised on the Internet, and social media is something few of us have eschewed. It makes sense that we would value the words and images expressed in these posts as a means to connect with those to whom we are so very grateful. Most citizens of our country will never understand the depth of heroism and strength of character that it takes to serve our nation, and that is by design. They do it because they are equipped where we are not. They do it for us, and simplistic as it may be, small gestures like crafting Instagram captions for Veterans Day can mean something.
Although, I also encourage you to reach out, thank a veteran personally, and consider donating to a veterans' assistance charity on top of your words of gratitude.
1For all that you did, for all we could not do, thank you.
2“The nicest veterans... the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
3No matter the obstacle, no matter the risk, you were there, and for that I am grateful.
4One directly from the Army...
5No man is left behind, and no citizen is left ungrateful. Thank you for your service.
5All gave some, some gave all, and we all give thanks for your heroism.
6Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever we will be thankful for all of your hardships, bravery, and sacrifices so that we may live free.
7We are Earth’s best, that learnt her lesson here. Life is our cry. 'We have kept the faith!’ we said; ‘We shall go down with unreluctant tread Rose-crowned into the darkness!’
From the Rupert Brook poem "The Hill," written in the beginning of the Twentieth Century.
8Fac fortia et patere.
"Do brave deeds and endure." Nothing more true of veterans than that statement.
9For the few and the proud from the many and the thankful, words cannot adequately express our profound gratitude for your service and dedication to our freedoms.
10"He's still a soldier/ His blood runs red, white and blue/ He put away his gun and boots/ But he still believes The American Dream/ 'Til his last breath he'll always be A soldier/ He's still a soldier."
From "Still a Soldier" by Trace Adkins.