Thank You, Veterans

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Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, created by President Woodrow Wilson as a way to remember all those who fought in “The War to End All Wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first celebration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

I’ve known several men and women who have served in the military, and it is an honor to be able to call them friend because they have invested their lives in our freedom. The men and women who have served our country in the military deserve our respect and admiration. They deserve to be thanked when you see them. They deserve our continued support and prayers.

Sadly, Veterans Day, along with the brave soldiers this day is meant to honor, often times gets ignored by most of us due to the business and distractions of life. This Veterans Day, let’s be sure to lead our families to remember, honor and pray for those who have fought and laid down their lives to make our freedom possible.

Today, as families, let’s find ways we can honor the many veterans that are still among us.

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