Remembering on Veterans Day

France WWI - Author's great uncle

France WWI – Author’s great uncle, top row furthest right

When I was a kid my mom would mention Armistice Day. I had no idea what it was but in my elementary years it meant having a day off school. So I was all for it!

(Just a note here – my mom was old school. I didn’t know Decoration Day and Memorial Day were the same thing until I was about 13 years old!)

Armistice Day was the original name for Veterans Day and is celebrated in the U.S. today, November 11th.

Originally commemorating the end of World War I, the treaty or armistice signaling the end of the war was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Kind of neat, huh? Then as early as 1919, the very next year, President Woodrow Wilson set aside the day for a grateful nation to honor those veterans who fought in the war.

In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the November 11th a legal holiday in this country. It was one singular moment to remember those who fought in the “war to end all wars”.

By 1954 the word Armistice was replaced by the word Veterans and November 11th became a day to remember and thank all military veterans for their service to their country, not just those who served in World War I.

So today I’m heading to the American Legion in my area. There I’ll participate in a ceremony dedicated to the many unsung heroes of our country. Men and women across the decades, who put aside their personal life dreams and goals to make sure their country was defended and safe for all of us. Talk to anyone of our country’s humble veterans and they’ll brush aside their valuable contribution to our country. Yet today on Veterans Day, I grasp your hand in thanks. Your time invested in our nation makes me proud and has given me the opportunity to live free today.

From my heart – Thank you.

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  1. We were told this at our DAR meeting today (my app is still being reviewed), how Armistice Day became Veterans Day. Our gratitude should be immeasurable. Someday, I hope, we will be able to entertain the idea, once again, that there might be such a thing as a war to end all wars!

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