Because today is Veterans Day I felt compelled to honor the contribution, service and sacrifice of the millions who have given so much on our behalf. To those veterans who may be reading this: Thank you! Your contribution is an endless inspiration!
And to everyone else who is inspired and motivated by our honorable veterans to make a positive difference: Thank you!
In Canada, Australia and New Zealand, today is Remembrance Day. It’s my privilege to remember the service and sacrifice of veterans on our behalf. I hope we can all use the gratitude gained from their contribution to do what we can to make sure the world moves towards peace. One day in the near future, perhaps, we will never again experience the atrocities of war.
The casualty figures from the wars of the 20th century are staggering. Just from WW I and WW II combined, the number of troops killed in both wars has been estimated to be around 35 million. Many millions more were seriously injured. The estimated death count rises to 92 million when civilians are included.
The 72 million lives lost during WW II was 3.7 percent of the global population in 1939.
At this point in history, there’s a fresh breeze blowing. Is it just a gust of hope? Will it build to gale force?
Seems there’s a new collective hope building in the world. My hope is for all of us to foster this movement for positive, constructive change, to help build momentum for peace and unity among all people. Why not?
In honor of those who have contributed so much, with intention to build on their contributions, I offer a few inspirational quotes. One of these is by Abigail Adams, the second First Lady and the first to move into the White House. Her birthday is today (11/11/1744).
I begin to think that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Every object is beautiful in motion; a ship under sail, trees gently agitated with the wind, and a fine woman dancing, are three instances in point. Man was made for action and for bustle.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Obama has eloquently urged people numerous times to be of service, to take action to make a difference, to be useful, to contribute to community. A little bit from a lot of people can make a big difference.
Obama Boogie Ride
The number of World War I casualties, both military and civilian, was over 40 million — 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded. This includes 9.7 million military deaths and about 10 million civilian deaths.
The total estimated human loss of life caused by World War II is roughly 72 million people, making it the deadliest and most destructive war in human history. The civilian toll was around 47 million, including 20 million deaths due to war-related famine and disease. The military toll was about 25 million, including the deaths of about 4 million prisoners of war in captivity. The Allies lost approximately 61 million people, and the Axis powers lost 11 million.