Every year I plan on taking Veterans Day off from work because I am a Veteran, and every year I seem to forget. Then I complain to my wife about working that day and she reminds me that we have the same conversation every year (which is true). But good news…I didn’t forget this year.
Where did Veterans Day come from?
I am glad you asked. Apparently it dates back to the 11th hour on the 11 day of the 11th month of 1918. At that time an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. Armistice meant a temporary stop in hostilities. In 1919 November 11th became Armistice Day. It became a legal federal holiday in the U.S. on May 13, 1938. It wasn’t until June of 1954 that the 83rd Congress amended the1938 act by removing the word Armistice and replace it with “Veterans” to honor all veterans.
With the wars that have taken place over the past 20 years, it is unlikely that you don’t know someone that is a Veteran. The military is one of the most unique occupations in the world. Our soldiers are put in harm’s way to protect the freedoms and provide the national security we have today.
Though we celebrate Veterans Day once a year, it is my opinion that everyday should be Veterans Day. I think for many people it is difficult to wrap their heads around what a soldier endures in order to be capable of protecting this country during peace time. I am certain that they can’t understand what a veteran goes through during war time (including myself). It’s one of those things in life where you must go through it to truly understand what it is like.
My sincere thank you goes to the moms and dads that have served with our military during peace or war time. In peace time, military members are away from their families throughout the year for training exercises, and work long days when they are not in the field. In time of war they are away from their families for long periods of time. I have had many friends that have had to be deployed over the years and it is extremely tough for them and their families.
So with all this being said make sure you thank a veteran for their service to this country and their service to you. The thanks we give to a veteran will never be enough so be sure to thank them after Veterans Day has come gone. If you see a soldier in uniform, tell them thank you. And of course if you see them in a bar, buy them a drink. All of this will mean more to them than you will ever know.
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