Veterans Day

Paul Friedlander, Camp Adair, OR, November 1943

Veterans Day in the metro DC area used to mean a day off (until our company changed its policy–now we’re open) and now means a day free of traffic.  Even so close to the Pentagon, we can sometimes be isolated from the fact that people volunteer to serve and put themselves in harm’s way.  I wanted to take a minute to thank all the people who have served, especially those people who I know personally.

The photo above was taken almost 67 years ago to the day, in November 1943.  My grandfather, Paul Friedlander, is 3rd from the right.  He and four of his brothers served during World War II.  Thanks also to my Dad, my brother, my father-in-law, my friend Rich (whose service in the Air Force is nearly up), my coworkers who’ve served and everyone who is serving today, especially those who find themselves in harm’s way today.

Thank you for serving.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.