Veterans Day – Celebrating Veterans Strength and Resilience
November 10, 2017
Each year on November 11th we honor the dedicated men and women who have loyally served our country over the years. Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day commemorating the end of fighting between the allies and Germany in World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first Armistice Day. In May 1938 Armistice Day was declared a federal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954 after World War II, which had required the largest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in U.S. history, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the Veterans Service Organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by removing the word Armistice and replacing it with Veterans.
This weekend, in honor of all Veterans, we remember the sacrifices the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy. There are many things we can do to commemorate and show our appreciation to members of our military, past, present and future; volunteer with Veterans’ programs, fly the American Flag, volunteer at a VA Hospital. Taking care of our Veterans is our sacred responsibility. While doing these types of things are important, it is critical that we all find ways for returning Veterans to be part of our communities as they transition from military service.
As we celebrate our Veterans, let’s listen to their stories. Let’s celebrate their resilience and strength. Most importantly, let’s thank all of our Veterans, past, present and future, for their dedicated service to our country.