November is a special time of year.
It’s like a much less expensive Christmas since people always seem to think the two are the same. Yes, I see you people already playing Christmas music and putting up decorations.
However, it holds a much more unique role in the world. This month has Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving about a week and a half later.
Besides giving thanks, there is one thing these holidays are best known for, bringing generations of people together. Whether it’s a gathering of veterans from all eras or just your family around the table, this month is, more than any other month, a cross-generational month.
It’s a month where we give thanks and respect to those who served our country and give thanks to those who serve us turkey and ham. It’s a month where a younger generation will truly learn respect for the military or how to carve the turkey. It’s a month where history comes together.
Every single person has their own history, their own book of their life. This is one of the few times a year where those books can truly to be read and checked, out so to speak.
So I challenge you to do something. I challenge you to actually listen to those stories that your grandparents tell at the table. Those stories that person in the Vietnam veteran have to tell. Listen to what your kids have been up to or whatever little story they conjure up in their heads.
Why? Because it is all history. It is all something that is always taken for granted until it’s lost. It’s something that may not seem important now, but can be later.
It tells you about the person and their struggles. It gives you a glimpse into the world they lived in or are living in. These histories aren’t the ones written about in books.
This is the history that will fade away because it’s passed down from generation to generation through stories until one generation stops listening.
It’s especially important with our veterans. Their stories provide the inside look to things history books only gloss over. The Southeast Sun/Daleville Sun-Courier helps with this. Our Veteran’s Day section serves not only as a thank you, but also a chronicle of the veterans in the area. Their stories are saved.
So listen this November. Listen well. Take things to heart. All these stories aren’t just stories, they’re someone’s history.
This month brings all these stories and history from the past into the present so don’t waste the opportunity.
Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.