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Don’t Forget — Thank A Veteran Today.
Did you know that Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” and has been observed since 1919?
When the cessation of hostilities in World War I took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, it triggered an annual remembrance that we’ve observed faithfully ever since.
It officially became “Veterans Day” in 1954 during the Eisenhower administration in order to recognize the millions of Americans who fought in World War II, “the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history“, and the Korean War.
It was originally intended as “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” Now, many people have the luxury of being able to think of this as another potential day off or just a government holiday when no one gets any mail. But with our recent military history, more people than you would think have a reason to take this day at face value and honor their loved ones.
Even if you don’t have someone close to you who has served, be sure to take a moment today to thank a veteran.