Take a moment to thank Veterans today.
Unless you are in the military or family to the military, this Friday may have little meaning in your life beyond the beginning of the weekend. Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. According to the US Department of Veterans affairs, the holiday began in 1921, when an unknown WW1 American Soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Similar events took place in a variety of countries, recognizing the end of the fighting of WW1 at 11 a.m. on November 11. Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, was and continues to be celebrated on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Congress resolved to name the date in 1926 and further resolved to create a national Holiday in 1938. Furthermore, the US Dept of Veterans affairs, Veterans day page, detailed that the hope was that WW1 would be the war that ended all wars and Armistice Day would be the day of remembrance. Unfortunately, history has proven this to be inaccurate. On September 1st, 1939, Europe found itself in another war, as Germany invaded Poland. Eventually, 16.5 million Americans would take part in this war, resulting in 292,000 battle deaths and a total of 407,000 deaths. The name was changed to Veterans Day, by President Eisenhower, in 1954 to honor all veterans of all wars.
My personal favorite fact about the history of Veterans day revolves around the Army Honor Guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard). This story makes my patriotic skin tingle. This is an unbroken string of Sentinels, who have through honor and fortitude, kept 24-hour vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since 1937. I invite you to review the tombguide.org website for further information. Since WW2, there have been other conflicts, other service to our land by our military. Our soldiers have served our country, protected our freedoms and defended our Constitution and way of life. These struggles continue even unto today.
It is an incredibly rare event for me to shed a tear of any kind, it is just not the way that I express my feelings. However, I do tear up when I see a serviceman or woman return home to their families and children. I cannot fathom being away from my family for more than a few days, nor can I imagine the hardships or the danger that they face. On this 11th day of the 11th month, let us take a moment to thank our Veterans, I mean really thank them for their service, their sacrifice, and their honor. I thank you, each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart. Let me pray for you and your families, let me think about you and know that I thank you for helping to keep me and my family safe.
Honor and Love to you on this Veterans Day.