Today is Veteran’s Day here in the United States. Today is the 96th Veteran’s Day to be specific. What we now call Veteran’s Day started out as Armistice Day courtesy of President Wilson in 1919. A year after the temporary ceasefire—that later led to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the official end to World War I—was signed, President Wilson announced November 11th would from then on be known as Armistice Day. He followed this announcement up with these 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… [Quote taken from www.va.gov]”
So today we honor those who have served our country. I think most of us know at least one person who has been or is currently in some branch of military. I, personally, can think of several just off the top of my head. To all of them, and to all of those who have ever served our country, thank you.
Happy Veteran’s Day