Honoring Our Veterans
Veteran’s Day, a day to say thank you to all who have fought for the freedom of this great country. It is a day to give back, to those who gave so much. It is a day to remember that freedom is not free. To all our veterans, we say thank you for your gift to our country.
To those who paid the ultimate price, we say thank you for giving so much…the price was too much. You are the true heroes of this country. To your families we also say thank you. Thank you to the mothers and fathers who raised their sons and daughters to serve. To each grieving parent we say thank you!
Veteran’s Day originated on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day. Originally, it was to commemorate the end of World War I. Armistice Day became a yearly observance in 1926. Veteran’s Day became a national holiday in 1938. It was still called Armistice Day at this point. The name of the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day on June 1, 1954. This change was made in order to include all our veterans of all our wars.
Between the years of 1971 and 1977 Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of the month of October. This was due to the Federal push for all holidays to be on a Monday. However, in this case tradition won. Veteran’s Day was returned to November 11th. This was the day of the armistice that officially ended World War I. This is the day that Americans pause from whatever they are doing, to remember. We pause from our busy lives and give thanks.
Traditionally, this has been a day to pay it forward. There are many ways to honor our Veterans. Some of the ways that I see the most follow. Many who see a disabled veteran in a wheel chair, pause and say thank you. They take a moment and listen to his story. Every veteran has a story. Many remember to greet the veterans that they know and those in their own family. Those who live near a Veteran’s facility, often take a minute and say thank you to those they see. No matter how each of us chooses to celebrate this day, we stop what we are doing and say thanks. The American people are grateful to her veterans. And so today……we stop, and say thank you.