Take the time to tell a veteran they’re appreciated

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 08:06 PM

It’s been nearly 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. Marking the end of World War I, the so-called “War to end all wars,” Wilson said the day should, “...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.”

Nov. 11 didn’t become a national holiday, however, until 19 years later, in 1938, when Armistice Day was recognized by Congress and declared a day to “be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

Just a short time later, that peace was shattered with World War II. 

In 1954, with a growing current throughout the nation to honor all veterans, “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans,” and our modern Veterans Day was created.

“On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifice of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain,” President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in an October 1954 proclamation on the name change.

Little has changed with Veterans Day in the nearly 60 years since.

America still has soldiers that fight valiantly — on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores — and we’re still searching for that enduring peace.

Remember our soldiers — those who carry out their duties, fight, and sometimes die, for the values held dear by their fellow Americans.

Take the time tomorrow to show your appreciation to one of those brave men and women who serve.