Veterans have made an invaluable contribution to our lives
Nov 11, 2013
Today, we celebrate Veterans Day, the Federal holiday on which we honor and thank all military veterans. For those of you who don’t know, the history of Veterans Day can be traced back to the early part of the twentieth century. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th to be Armistice Day, in recognition of the ceasefire between allied forces and Germany in World War I that occurred one year earlier.
In the following years, November 11th continued to be recognized as an important date in history and in 1926, Congress asked President Coolidge to again proclaim November 11th as Armistice Day. In 1938, Armistice Day became an official holiday through an act of Congress—with the primary purpose of honoring World War I veterans.
Following the end of World War II in 1954, President Eisenhower amended the act to honor all veterans and its name was officially changed. Veterans day is now observed across the country each year on November 11th.
As the proud son and grandsEon of veterans, and as a veteran myself, this day is particularly meaningful for me and my family—just as it is for so many of yours. As a member of the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, I often saw families come to visit the graves of their loved ones on Veterans Day to honor their lives by remembering their service. Particularly moving, however, were the strangers who came to pay their respects at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day. It was clear that, though they lacked a personal connection to the soldiers, they wanted to honor the service and commitment of all our veterans.
America’s veterans have many different types of service, but each has made an invaluable contribution to our lives. This Veterans Day let us each take a moment to remember and honor our brave veterans and to thank them for their service. As we pause, let us be reminded of their courage, sacrifice, and commitment to our great country. And may we always remember the important cause for which they serve