2017-11-08 / Editorials

Honoring All Who Serve Our Country

The federal holiday of Veterans Day always falls on November 11 and honors all those who have served in the United States Armed Services. On this day we honor all our veterans for their service and sacrifices. Even those who came home unscathed sacrificed years of togetherness with their families, good times with friends, the pursuit of education, and civilian career objectives that were delayed or interrupted. Some returned with scars, either visible or invisible, and some never did return. To them all, we owe our sincerest gratitude for protecting our homeland, preventing outside threats, and helping preserve the countries of our allies.

At 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the treaty ending World War I (“the war to end all wars”) was signed. The holiday was formerly known as Armistice Day, a day “dedicated to the cause of world peace,” as it was referred to in the Congressional Act making the day a legal holiday. The act was passed in 1938, ironically right before the onset of World War II. The name was changed in 1954. President Eisenhower noted we had been in two wars since Armistice Day was passed. We fervently wish our leaders would strive with all their might to make the cause of world peace a priority, and pursue every avenue they could think of before resorting to war or “actions” anywhere. But if we must, we know we have the bravest, strongest, best military in the world and in this time of uncertainty it is reassuring to know this fact.

Please do remember to thank any and all veterans you know and who you come across. Show your appreciation in any way you see fit. Appreciation has a way of soothing wounds and of making sacrifices feel worthwhile.

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