On November 11 of 2017, we honor the men and women who have defended us, including veterans of Korea, Vietnam, and particularly our most recent group of veterans, those who served (or are serving) in Afghanistan and Iraq, and around the world.
Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I.
Most school districts choose the Friday prior to Veterans Day to honor them by closing. Check with your school for more information. Many also hold wonderful Veterans Day assemblies, with beautiful music and presentations for the veterans in the school families.
Other activities could include visiting a memorial, watching patriotic television programming, or visiting with a veteran.
We don’t want to honor them as a group, but as individuals. For each who put his or her life on the line, it was a very personal experience. For those recovering from the effects of war, it is very much an individual experience.
Our veterans today are the everyday men and women. We know them as friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers. They have persevered and strengthened our country with their sacrifices and contributions, many of which were beyond duty’s call. Veterans are our finest citizens.
As we honor them today, we also think about their successors, those who are fighting to defend our freedom at home and abroad.
Make it a priority on the 11th to seek out at least one individual whom you know that is a veteran. Take some time to speak with them about their experiences, and then most importantly, thank them for their sacrifices.
For they have sacrificed much much more than just their time. It is an honor to know a veteran, for it is their life blood that they laid down and made vulnerable on the battlefield for our life blood.
Thank you, Veterans. Each and every one of you – individually. Each of you has a different story to tell, and we would be honored to hear them. Not just on veterans day – but any day of the year. May God bless and keep you and your families all the rest of your days.
God Bless you, Grandpa Oscar, Uncle Walt and Cousin Matthew. Thank you for your courage and service to this wonderful country. ♥