Men and women who, throughout our history, have embraced sacrifice of self to serve their country and protect our freedoms. On the 11th hour…of the 11th day…of the 11th month…the fighting of World War I ended in 1918. Due to the conclusion of “the War to end all Wars,” November 11th became a universally recognized day of celebration.
The day was originally declared “Armistice Day” 8 years after the end of World War I and honored only veterans of that war. Then in 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, it was renamed “Veterans’ Day” to honor all veterans who served America in war and defended democracy.
Veterans Day honors all past military members, and some include those currently serving, who’ve served our country, regardless of the war or conflict or if they lived or died. Though, the people it matters most to are those 16.2 million (estimated) veterans living today.
Each November 11th, we gather to recognize the bravest of our citizens: the many people who’ve served in the military in the name of our freedom.
“We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free” – President Ronald Reagan