"In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration 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…"
Do you know why we salute this day, November 11, as Veterans Day? November 11, 1918 marked the end of WW I. At that time it was meant to give honor to the veterans serving in that war. And, it was called Armistice Day.
With the end of WW II and the Korean War the name was changed to reflect honor to all veterans regardless of which war they served in. On June 1, 1954 the word Armistice was changed to Veterans. This continues to today.
Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
I would like to also recognize our American neighbors, Canada, to our north on this their Independence Day - a day to give tribute to those Canadians that have served and sacrificed in any armed forces arena.
Freedom is certainly not free...