I’m a veteran (Vietnam era, but never in-country). So are lots of us in the Foreign Service. But lots of us are not, and we’re all serving overseas to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.” Some of us serve in places like PRTs in Iraq and Afghanistan. FSOs were in Libya when the revolution broke out. FSOs are in Yemen. There’s no telling where the next “hot spot” will be, but you can be sure of one thing…FSOs will be there.
We’re not the only ones serving our country overseas. There is USAID, and MCC, and the Peace Corps, and Agriculture and Commerce and lots of three letter agencies who don’t publicize the fact :-).
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was chosen for the armistice that ended “The Great War.” That’s why it was “Armistice Day.”
After we had another war to end all wars, it became “Veterans’ Day”.
But all who serve their country deserve honoring, and Veterans’ Day should be expanded to include them all. “Overseas Service Day” would still honor those who served their country in military service, but also those who did so in civilian service. Those who fought in Iraq and those who were hostages in Iran. The people who fought the Revolution and those who negotiated the peace. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. The 22 year old soldier and the 22 year old Peace Corps volunteer.
As a veteran, I can say “Welcome” and “Thank you for your service!”