Herman Wouk wrote some pretty fine fiction and won a Pulitzer Prize.
After he celebrated his 100th birthday, his good words (from a WSJ article by Marc Myers) about life are worth a scan!
“when you reach my age, you don’t yearn for friends who are no longer here… I do have the same excitement each morning when I see the sun. That sense of enjoying being alive is still very real. When you reach 100, you’re glad you’re alive. Very glad.”
Atlantic and NPR also cited his longevity and good words:
While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
Canada and Australia observe “Remembrance Day” on November 11, and Great Britain observes “Remembrance Day” on the Sunday nearest to November 11. There are similarities and differences between these countries’ Remembrance Day and America’s Veterans Day.