Veterans Day is more than a day that is about barbecuing and taking a day off work throughout the United States. It is actually a day to honor the men and women to sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms in the Armed Forces. The men and women who serve don’t do it for the money,they do it for love of country. They do it for you, me, and for all the men, women, and children around the world who want to live free.
- Veterans Day was first celebrated when President Wilson wanted to give soldiers a sense of heroism, and gratitude to the lives that were lost during World War 1. At that time, it was known as Armistice Day.
- It wasn’t until 1954 when President Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. It became an official holiday on May 13, 1938 whose purpose was to honor the men and women of the Armed Services who have fought to defend the ideals of freedom and liberty around the world.
- Veterans Day and Memorial Day are similar, however, honor different things. Memorial Day honors servicemen and women who have lost their lives protecting our country, while Veterans Day honors all men and women who have served in the military.
- At one point, Veterans Day was celebrated on the 4th Monday of October because of the Uniform Holidays Bill. Later, it was moved back to November 11th to coincide with the signing of the peace treaty that ended WWI on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.
- In Britain, it is common to show respect to Veterans of the Great War, and World War ll, by giving 2 minutes of silence for at 11 am on November 11th.
The following are some of the veterans in my life, friends, family, they have served our nation proudly and with honor. To each of you below, and to the millions of others who have served in this great nation, I want to show my appreciation and say THANK YOU for your service!
Edward Nicorvo- Sargent First Class, United States Army, Retired
Rozanne Edrington- Major, United States Army, Retired
Jose Rodriguez- Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corp, Retired
JJ Blanco- Corporal, United States Marine Corps
David Saxon- 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
Brian DePaola-Corporal, United State Marine Corps
Alvin Olson- United States Marine Corps and Navy
Stoy Jones- United States Air Force
Joe McCall- United States Army