Veterans’ Day Greeting

Today, I wrote this to Naval Order Companions of the San Francisco and Continental Commanderies, and the members of the Albany Medical College – Military Affinity Group. I send the greeting now to followers of Of Ships and Surgeons, with my best wishes:

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The word “service” comes to us from the Latin servus / servitium, meaning “slave” and “slavery”. By the 13th century, the old French servise had come to mean “labor undertaken for or at the direction of another”. The Roman and “Scholastic” notion of work with body or hands as dishonorable servitude underwent further modification under the influence of the Enlightenment so by the early 1700s, the association of “service” with military duty, at least for higher ranks, was seen as completely honorable. The need for larger “citizen” militaries probably completed the transition to a view of “honorable” service being performed by all ranks.
 
Let us salute each other on this day set aside especially to honor the service and sacrifice of the Veterans among us. 
Very Respectfully,
Tom S
Tom Snyder MD ’69

Captain, Medical Corps, US Navy (Ret​.​)
Commander, San Francisco and Continental Commanderies,
Naval Order of the United States
Founder / Coordinator
Albany Medical College – Military Affinity Group

 

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