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For thousands of years, powerful mottos have motivated and encouraged people to achieve important goals. This is why mottos exist across all aspects of a society: schools, businesses, towns, religious orders, family crests, and community organizations all have mottos. Psychology Today suggests everyone should adopt a personal motto to remind them about what’s most important in their life. Seize the day. Keep your eyes on the prize. Be prepared.
Among the most meaningful mottos across time are the words chosen by a nation’s military to encapsulate the core beliefs and ideals of a fighting and sacrificial spirit. Here are some of the phrases adopted by our Nation’s military to express the heart, mind, and soul of brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers who choose to forge a disciplined life for the benefit of others:
Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)
Semper Fortis (Always Courageous)
Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
Fidelity, Honor, Valor
Justice and Peace Through Strength
Defend and Serve
Honor Guides Our Power
Veterans Day is a special time to honor service men and service women killed or wounded in battle. Today is our National Holiday to remember the price they paid. We honor all of the personal dedication and sacrifices they made to prepare themselves to fight. They answered the call to always accept the challenge. To always be prepared and do what has to be done, whatever the cost.
November 11th was chosen by our Nation as the date to celebrate Veterans Day because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice (or cessation of hostilities) was declared between the Allies and Germany. When President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration in 1919, he tasked all American citizens to reflect
As a Nation, may we all be grateful for the heroic sacrifices made. Others answered the call so our Nation can enjoy freedom and a wealth of opportunities to pursue peace and justice. And with the help of “angels on our shoulders,” may we prove ourselves worthy of the opportunity to reflect upon a personal motto that best guides our lives.
Voice and Vision’s CompeerCORPS program serves veterans. CompeerCORPS connects a veteran with another veteran in recovery to foster hope, develop friendships, and offer supportive help where needed.
This blog was written by guest author, Michael Harper, Esquire. Michael is the Director of Advocacy of the Family Advocacy Center of Voice and Vision, Inc. You can read more about Michael on the Staff page of the Voice and Vision website.
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Hi, I’m Kathryn Lerro, mother of two lovely daughters, wife of one fine man.
After 24 years of wandering (thanks to my husband’s Air Force career), we are back home on the East Coast. We currently live in Philadelphia where I enjoy writing, taking long walks, decorating my front window in South Philly tradition, talking to interesting people and eating great food.
As I’ve met people on my travels I’ve become keenly aware that most of us could use a healthy dose of encouragement. It is for this reason that I try to weave a message of hope into everything I write.
Hi, I am Melinda Haas, but you can call me Mindy. A true introvert, I delight in solitude with a good book or a movie. I like dabbling in nature photography while taking rigorous hikes. I adore my husband who is a ton of fun. He shares my wanderlust as well as my appetite for Indian and Thai food. Very often, you’ll find us dancing to Cumbia in the kitchen while we make dinner. We also love road tripping and exploring new places. (New England is our new favorite!)
Through my writing, I want to encourage and embolden others to push past the limits they place on themselves. I want to help people see that they can accomplish more than they think they were capable of.
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