To all who serve and have served . . .

Thank You.

Today is Veterans Day.  The day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day when President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 (hostilities ceased in WWI on 11/11/1918 at 11 am) as the first Armistice Day saying:

“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 the 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 nation. . . .”

On June 4, 1926 the U.S. Congress officially recognized the end of World War I in a concurrent resolution saying:

“ . . 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.”

In 1938, by Act of Congress November 11 was made a legal holiday called Armistice Day.  The Act was amended in 1954 to make the day “Veterans Day” to honor American veterans of all wars.

So today is a day to honor those who have served and it is appropriate that we do so.  Particularly while we sit safe and free while others, all of whom volunteered, go into harms way to protect and preserve the freedoms that we so often take for granted.  

 To all of you, Thank You.

 You can see the full history of the day at http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp