A Rose is Still a Rose, Like all Veterans

Second Anniversary Edition

This April 2022 edition of our VetNet Newsletter marks our one-year anniversary.  This newsletter had been dreamed of and talked about for a decade.  The down time caused by the Pandemic allowed us to finally bring this dream to reality.  We serve and honor our service men and women every day, we hope that you are enjoying the stories and videos that build up, and never tear down.

Veterans’ Outreach began using a rose as a gift to donors, and it has become symbolic.  The quote goes like this,” a rose is still a rose by any other name which smelled just as sweet” …. comes from the Shakespearean play, “Romeo and Juliet.”

Why did we adopt that saying and shorten it to fit our charity’s MISSION? It was amply appropriate because many people asked in the beginning of our mission’s development, which veterans, from what era, do we serve?  We serve all veterans! No matter what color, creed, sex, and from any war or era they served in.

An “Army of ONE” says it best.  Veterans’ Outreach is the epitome of an equal opportunity server, they served us and we serve them.  Our motto is “to serve and honor”.  I think everyone should get behind that obligatory declaration.

Furthermore, a rose was a symbol of the civil wars in England…Both of those warring factions, the Houses of York and Lancaster, had roses for their iconic symbols! The White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster and they battled endlessly for the Throne of England during the 100-year war, 1337-1453!  That was between France and England. Talk about having your plate full!

The Rose has a great deal of meanings, like “Stop and smell the roses!” We can also elaborate further on that possible meaning and ask every patriot to stop, relax, and reflect on what we have in our lives and why we have it.  Freedom, Liberty, Security, Identity, are just some of the blessings that we all share because of our veterans’ sacrifices. There is no greater love than when one gives all of himself to another.

The Rose is used in so many other ways to symbolize an idea or thing. The Rose to us at Veterans’ Outreach is our Veterans. I would like you all to consider buying a Rose for a veteran you love or to honor all our veterans that served and the service men and women that are still protecting us today

Please go to veteransoutreach.org for your “ROSE of Honor”.