By: Lea Hensel
November 11, 2014
Back in 1919, the first commemoration of Armistice Day was proclaimed by President Wilson.
"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…"
In the fifties it evolved into what we now refer to as Veteran's Day. While referred to by different names, and even celebrated on different dates over the years (for awhile it was held on the fourth Monday of October), the basis has remained true - a day dedicated to honoring those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
So to all veterans, thank you for your bravery and your sacrifice. Today may be the official holiday, but your sacrifices and dedication are appreciated year round.