Thank You For Your Service

I don't know about you, but I didn't know the history of Veterans' Day. So I did a little research and I learned that it's been around in a few forms for almost 100 years.

Originally called Armistice Day, the date of November 11th was chosen as a day of remembrance and a celebration of peace because it marked the end of the fighting in World War I, though the war would not technically end for another seven months.

In 1919, the year WWI ended, President Wilson established Armistice Day, stating "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…"
In 1954 President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans' Day and declared it as a day to celebrate the US veterans of all wars.
Whereas Armistice Day celebrated those who fought in WWI, Veterans' Day honors all of our soldiers.
In the late 60s and early 70s there was a short period of time when the date of Veterans' Day was changed so that the holiday fell on a Monday. While this change was undertaken with the admirable goal of providing Federal employees with a three day weekend, thus encouraging travel and other recreational activities, ultimately the significance of the date proved too important.
And so on this day let us thank all of the men and women who have and continue to serve this country so proudly. Your deeds are great and our thanks are small, but they are most sincere.
For more information please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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