The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the need to recognize those men and women who fight to protect and preserve the United States of America. Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a day when our nation remembers the sacrifice our veterans made for this country.
Veterans Day was once called Armistice
Day. Armistice Day was established to commemorate the end of World War I at the
11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of
1918. This site shared the following information:
At the 11th hour on the 11th
day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ended. At 5 a.m. that
morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent
invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car
outside Compiegne, France. The First World War left nine million soldiers dead and
21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France and Great
Britain each losing nearly a million or more lives. In addition, at least five
million civilians died from disease, starvation, or exposure.
World War I is called the Great War
because it was meant to end the need for war in the world – “the War to End All
Wars.” Unfortunately, millions of people lost their lives, but war continues in
the world. Twenty-one years after the end of World War I in 1918, the world went
to war again in 1939 to fight World War II. That war ended in 1945, and five years
later in 1950, the Korean War began. Many wars have followed.
In 1954, Congress changed Armistice
Day to Veterans Day to honor the veterans of World War II and the Korean War as
well as the veterans of World War I. Today, all veterans who served in war or
peacetime are honored on Veterans Day. Jack Kilkenny-Smith and James Di Pane shared
the following information about Veterans Day.
Some confuse the holiday with Memorial Day
in late May, but that’s to honor those who paid the ultimate price and died for
our nation, while Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect and to respect and
remember the contributions of our veterans who returned home from the war or
served in peacetime.
A veteran is so much more than merely an
individual who at one point was in the armed services. The values of sacrifice,
dignity, and humility are often reflected in their daily lives.
Veterans continue to serve as leaders in
their communities, their workplaces, and their governments. Veterans as a group
truly are exemplary citizens.
Please join me in commemorating the
service of all the veterans who have served in the military services of the
United States. Thank you to all veterans. Thank you for your sacrifices –
including the time that you spent away from your families. Thank you!