Veterans Day Remembrance
It’s difficult to believe that 2016 is almost gone. It’s November, and another Presidential election is approaching. An election that is very important, and one that will no doubt seal the deal on the future direction of our nation. Our nation has prospered for over 240 years, and during that time we have always given thanks, honor, and appreciation to those who have served in the Armed Forces. I speak of our nations Veterans.
Each year on November 11TH American’s set aside a special time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces of The United States Of America.
On the 11TH hour of the 11TH day of the month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, known as “the Great War.”
First commemorated as Armistice Day, this date became to be celebrated as a legal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
It is a day that is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is a day usually marked by parades and church services, and in many communities the American Flag is flown at half - mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11A.M. In many communities schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
Armistice Day was first observed on November 11, 1919, and President Wilson proclaimed that the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countries service, and with gratitude for the victory.”
In 1921 Congress passed legislation approving the establishment of a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1954 on June 1, President Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
As we witness a decline in the respect of our military it very important that we continue to honor our Veterans, and thank them for the service that they have given to defend our Constitution and Freedom here in America, and around the world.
Veterans are not being treated fairly by our government, our military is being reduced in size and strength; and the benefits that were promised to those who served are being taken away, and many are being ignored.
Although many business are stepping up to the plate and honoring our veterans with special meals, discounts and recognition, the true meaning of this important day is not stressed enough.
I urge you to sit down with your children and friends and point out to them the significance of keeping the traditions of this day alive.
If you know a veteran, tell him or her thank you for serving, and let them know that we a citizens stand with them and care. Without their service and the ultimate sacrifice of many who died, America would not be the home of the brave and the land of the free.
It is an honor and a privilege to live in America. We are able to enjoy our God given freedom and liberty because of the sacrifices of a few good Americans who were willing to serve in our Armed Forces in our stead. Give your thanks and honor to them, display your flag on this day, and attend an event to display your pride.
We must never forget those who gave so much to defend the cause of freedom, nor must we allow the spirit of patriotism to diminish in our hearts.
No matter who wins this election we must not allow the American dream to fade away. Too many of our fellow citizens have died to keep the dream alive so that we can remain a nation that guarantees freedom and liberty for those of us living and for future generations to come.
May God continue to bless each and every one of us, and may God continue to bless America.
“Freedom And Liberty / Use Them Or Lose Them.”