Most people think of Veterans Day as a time to have a three day weekend, give high fives, and say “Thank you for your service” to someone they may know that has served or is currently serving in one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Be it Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard (yes, my brother puddle jumpers still count) they join together and make up what is undoubtedly the greatest military force this country has ever known. During my time in the Air Force, I am proud to say that I have trained with and served alongside members of all five military branches and it was an absolute honor.
What most people don’t recognize is that November 11th hasn’t always been known as Veterans Day. It was originally known as Armistice Day as stated by President Wilson during a Presidential Proclamation in November 1919:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with
solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service
and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it
has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to
show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils
of the nations…”
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as “The Great War.” It was a very different world then, but we shouldn’t have any change in the pride or gratitude that we have for those who have served and died for this country. Let’s be sure to not let this year go by without a sincere thought and prayer for all of those within our veteran community and armed forces and everything they’ve done for us. We never truly know what they have lost in the process of maintaining our freedom.
Veterans, thank you all for the sacrifice of yourself and the sacrifices of your families. May God bless you all.