Veterans Day, formally known as Armistice Day, was set aside as a day to remember and reflect upon the agreement that ended the fighting during the First World War. With every minute that passes throughout Veterans Day there may be 1,000 individuals who have fought in the name of our country. I hope on this Veterans Day people realize that becoming a military service member means giving up your freedom in order to save others.
On November 11, 1918 at eleven o’clock in the morning, a ceasefire occurred between the Allies and Germany. In 1919 United States President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech that vowed to honor those who fought and lost their lives in the war against Germany. In 1938 Congress declared Armistice Day a national holiday. Than in 1954, November 11th became known as Veterans Day, after Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill designating it.
Celebrated in the United States as Veterans Day, November 11th is a day to pay homage to those who have fought for our freedom. It just so happens that this year Veterans Day will fall on 11-11-11, which to me, I am crossing my fingers that another Armistice comes, sending my brother’s friends home, and keeping him safe. Think about it, the original day was November 11th, 1918 at 11 AM. 11-11-11! Crazy coincidence? Perhaps but hey it’s all-good.
At precisely 11:00 AM every year, there is a Veterans Day National Ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. Beginning with 2 minutes of silence, Veterans Day remembers those we have lost, those that have fought and even those who are fighting. The United States Department of Veteran Affairs has a schedule on their website as to how the Veterans Day ceremony will go. Beginning with the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the parade of colors by different veterans’ organizations will bring the ceremony to the inside of the Memorial Amphitheater.
Parades and gatherings across the country will occur, however I hope that many will turn around and appreciate what the military service members are doing in order for us to live day by day. Veterans Day is more than another day to say “Hey yea we appreciate it thanks.” Its sad because I think about it and people get more excited about Halloween, Valentines Day and even Columbus Day weekend it seems. Veterans Day was moved in 1968 to the fourth Monday in October by an act of Congress. Just 10 years later, Veterans Day was rescheduled for its original date of commemoration.
National Geographic reported that the last “Great War” veterans are nearly gone. That’s right the World War I veterans are remembered by wearing either real or artificial red poppy flowers. Who does Veterans Day celebrate? Joe Davis, speaking on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States made a great point.
“Veterans Day is about everybody who wore or continues to wear the uniform,” he said. “It’s a very select group of American citizens that have had the opportunity to do that.”
Anytime I see a soldier in uniform, a person wearing some sort of military apparel, I stop and thank them for their service. The greatest thing you can do for someone is to acknowledge you appreciate their service. On this Veterans Day there will be nearly 48 million men and women who have served or are serving in the US Armed Forces. This number includes 23 million living US Veterans and active duty service members. Remember, men and women of the military sacrifice their freedom in order for us to have ours. God Bless our military, thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day!
For Veterans Day I would like to give a special thanks to:
USMC Members: ”Team Awesome” aka Dakota Clark, Matthew Todd Martinez (currently overseas please send warm wishes and thoughts) Dalton Rarick and David Chuhta, my brother from another mother Nick Brill, Daniel Justin Egbert, Ed Layton, Brandon Kleckner, Matthew Schartau and Robbie Shilling
United States Army: Steve Gallucci, Denver E., and of course my girl Zoila Margarita Rodriguez
United States Air Force: Lisa Ducette (Formally known as Lisa Kuehn) and her husband Brian