Remembering Veteran’s Day as a Foreigner


I remember this one Veteran’s Day, my husband, who was my fiancé at the time, was stationed in Germany. Since Germany doesn’t recognize Veterans Day, there wasn’t anything different about that day. But all day long, I wanted to tell my future husband, “thank you.” but I wasn’t sure if I was “allowed”.

Since I’m not a US citizen, I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate for me to say that to him. In my head I thought that maybe people would tell me I wasn’t allowed to say that. On the other hand, I didn’t see a reason not to tell him “thank you.” I was going to marry this man in a couple of months, I had lived in the US for several years, I respected the military…surely my citizenship didn’t matter, did it?

The day was nearing an end. Every moment passed, I saw a moment lost. We decided to go for a nice walk along one of the many beautiful gardens Germany had to offer. It was now or never, I had to say it. Honestly, was he really going to get mad at me and tell me, you can’t say that?

My heart began racing as I turned to the man who I was going to marry the next month, “Hey babe, I’m not sure if its ok for me to say this, but thank you.”

“For?” he replied.

“Today is Veteran’s Day…so thank you.”

He smiled at me and then said, “Thanks love. But why did you say that you weren’t sure you if it was ok to tell me that?”

I went on to tell him how I felt. He turned to me and told me that I shouldn’t worry about that. The fact that I support him is all that matters.

I keep thinking back to that day and feeling so silly for thinking he was going to get mad at me and for thinking I couldn’t say thank you. Overall, it doesn’t matter what your citizenship is, if you believe and support the military then that is all that matters. So this Veteran’s Day, and everyday, thank a Vet!


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