Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today, We Say Thanks . . .

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 in honor of those who have served in the armed forces of the United States. The observation was originally designated in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day:

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 nation.

honor guard
Wilson selected November 11 because the Armistice ending World War I had been signed on this date in 1918. Wilson wanted to make sure that Americans did not forget the tragedies of the war. In 1938, Congress passed legislation which designated Armistice Day as a federal holiday. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 so that all veterans would be honored.

aerial view of Arlington National Cemetary
On Veterans Day, special services take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers
I am a baby boomer. I was born in peace time and enjoyed an uneventful childhood and adolescence. Then there was war. Many young men and women of my generation joined the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines … then they flew or sailed out of my life … forever. Yet, some returned, weary and battle scarred to a country that did not appreciate their sacrifice.

Today, November 11, 2009, we should remember them. To all veterans of all conflicts, whether alive and well, disabled, lying in Arlington National Cemetery or the Fields of Flanders or inscribed in the Wall in Washington :

God Bless You. Thank You.
We Remember


Valencia said...

Thanks a lot for commemorizing that really honorous anf brilliant day of all veterans.Everyone should do that and clearly remember their deeds.

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