Today, we all should recognize Veterans Day.
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Armistice – truce – was signed by the Allies and Germany, thus halting the carnage of World War I. The official end of the war was declared by the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. World War I pulverized parts of Europe and left nearly 30 million soldiers wounded or dead. Some predicted it would be the war to end all wars but sadly was not.
Armistice Day became an official holiday in 1938 and following WWII and the Korean War, many veterans pushed to expand the significance of Armistice Day to include all those who served their country. President Dwight Eisenhower and Congress authorized changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all conflicts America has entered. Consequently, Veterans Day is more encompassing than Memorial Day, which primarily honors our fallen warriors.
Veterans Day is designated to commemorate all living and deceased veterans who heeded the call of duty. That would include those missing in action, our wounded warriors, former prisoners of war and millions of veterans who have served both in war and peace and today our veterans are stationed around the globe providing disaster relief, fighting ISIS and helping to keep us safe. On this day, and every day, let us be thankful for their service and pray for their safety and eventual return home.
God Bless America and our veterans and think of them as you watch this tribute video: http://www.justacommonsoldier.com/