How do we say “thank you” to our Veterans?
Today is Veteran’s day and flags will be flying high as many of us from all walks of life and every age around the country will attend parades, call loved ones who are currently serving in the military, or by paying visits to Veteran’s that aren’t able to make it to the festivities. Some may even go to grave sites of loved ones that lost their lives defending our freedoms while others will pray silently for our Veterans.
- It was originally called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the “armistice” or truce with Germany to suspend fighting during World War I.
- In legislation passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
- In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — amended the Act of 1938 and, with the approval of this legislation, Armistice Day was changed to “Veterans Day.” Therefore, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act was enacted. Under this law, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Veterans Day under this new law was observed with much confusion.
- On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a new law which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.
So no matter how you pay homage to the brave men and women of our armed forces both past and present, the reality is “thank you” is never enough for the valiant service provided by our Veterans to ensure our freedom….but somehow just those words….“thank you for your service” means so much!