Veterans Day Meaning
Veterans Day is a holiday where we honor and pay our respects to all those who have served in our armed forces. We recognize the importance of military service, and honor the sacrifices made by past and active duty, Guard, Reserve troops, and family members.
So when you come upon a veteran today, what should you say?
Here’s a good template to use when talking with all veterans of all branches: “Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. In short, thank you for your service! Happy Veterans Day!”
What’s the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? Hope this helps:
- Memorial Day is, as the name implies, a time to pay respect and honor those who have died either while serving their country, as a result of military service, or after they have finished serving as a retired or separated veteran.
- Veterans Day honors those who have served in the past, present, and even pays tribute to those who will serve in the future.
Scouting and the Military
Scouting and the military have always shared a connection. According to one source, upwards of 25% of all Eagle Scouts enter the military. Which makes sense because Eagle Scouts get an automatic rank bump. In the Army, Air Force, and Marines, they are automatically promoted to E-2; in the Navy, it’s E-3. According to a Bryan on Scouting new article in 2017, approximately 20% of cadets at the nation’s military academies were Scouts, with 10–15% of those being Eagle Scouts.
A Story About a Veteran. An Eagle Scout.
Recently, I had the privilege of learning about a veteran and Eagle Scout who spent time as a Scout and volunteer within our Council. I’d like to share part of his story as shared with me by his son, Michael Flowers:
Daniel Flowers Sr was born in Corpus Christi, TX., in January of 1930. He graduated from Corpus Christi High School. Even at a young age, he was “a born leader and mentor” to his peers. That’s when he became involved with the Boy Scouts of America and in time, earned the highest ranking of Eagle Scout. He was the first in his family to also pursue higher education and knew the importance and significance of this and to always pay it forward. To do his Good Turn and always give back to the community and never forget where one comes from. To always show empathy, compassion, accountability, and respect…To motivate, inspire, and guide others. It is at this time that Daniel’s college organization (The Civic Group with Del Mar College) sponsored his own Troop when he was a young man.
Daniel served in the United States Air Force with the ranking of Staff Sergeant and successfully served in the specialty of Cryptology. After the military, he pursued his college education and graduated with his B.S. degree in Secondary Education and his M.S. degree from Texas A&I Kingsville. He served in many organizations during his college years, including the Pre-Med Organization.
It is during this time that Daniel, met the love of his life, Leonila (Lena), and it was a beautiful, fairytale romantic courting that took place until they finally married on January 6, 1957. From this passionate and constant love for each other, came four beautiful children that would finally complete their family.
From the humble beginning of a teacher at Burbank High School, he felt a higher purpose to help those in need. It is then that he started a stellar career in counseling. In his career, he has genuinely and passionately helped thousands of people with intellectual and physical disabilities as a Rehabilitation Vocational Counselor with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. With a stellar 27-year career, Daniel was even selected as the best Rehabilitation Vocational Counselor and received recognition from “the then-governor” of Texas.
Daniel’s accolades were not only with the military but also from The State of Texas, receiving the prestigious Kenneth Mills Memorial Award in 1969, The Texas Rehabilitation Commission Recognition Award, The Knights of Columbus for Outstanding Service to the Community, Outstanding President of the PTA for John Jay High School, Outstanding Service as President of the West Wood Terrace Little League and the Lifetime Honorary Membership Award from the Vocational-Industrial Club of Texas. He also received a prestigious award “for starting the very first vocational rehabilitation program” at the San Antonio State Hospital.
There was a young man, whom Daniel mentored, as a scoutmaster; and, it was in the last few years that this man sought him out to thank him for being a father figure to him. Because of Daniel’s commitment, unselfishness, empathy, and compassion, this fellow Eagle Scout said that he was the father he never had. Daniel saved his life as a child (as he described) and gave him encouragement, support, love, those life lesson tools that the person never received from his own father. This person was positively affected and passed these values down to his own son, who is now an Eagle Scout.
Daniel has always stood for integrity, honesty, accountability, respect, family, honor, faith in God, community, and a love for his country. This was Daniel Flowers, Sr. – A veteran. An Eagle Scout.