Veterans Day a day to honor those who served

Veterans Day a day to honor those who served

The men - and later, women - who have worn the uniform of their nation are a special group of people.

Thankfully, American men and women have continued to hear our nations call to fight for our freedoms and security, even when our country has hard issues to overcome when it comes to partisan skirmishes.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls.

Q: What about veterans struggling to transition to private life after their military service?

For the millions who have served - those who have not come home, those who have and those who have but who are caught in that space between here and there - celebration and silence are valued and appreciated.

"That's enough for two flights, or approximately 200 veterans, that will be able to make the trip next year that, previously to that, we would not have been able to take because of funding", he says.

So to all of America's veterans, thank you for your service. The holiday was called Armistice Day in the United States until 1954, when it was renamed Veterans Day, and in recognition of that, Susie Perry, a sixth grade English and language arts teacher at Old Fort Elementary, had students write poetry and thank-you letters to veterans.

The Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery honored veterans Friday, and more observances are scheduled over the weekend, all free and open to the public.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. 'The goal of all war, ' said Augustine, 'is peace.' The First World War produced man's first great effort in recent times to solve by global cooperation the problems of war. The day was to be set aside to recognize the heroism of those who fought in World War I. Later, President Dwight Eisenhower, who many historians believe was prouder of his military service than the title of president, declared the day be called Veterans Day to recognize all of the men and women who have served in our military. We may make films of medal-winning heroes of long-ago battles, but are we doing all we can do to keep today's volunteer warriors from having to go to war in the first place?

Veteran's Day actually traces its roots back almost a century when the first World War ended and an armistice was reached between the German and the allies. With rare exception, USA troops have fought well and honorably. It enables veterans to see a private doctor if they can't see a nearby VA physician within an adequate amount of time. With that being said, I feel it is rather crude and ill-conceived to plan for Santa's entrance into Volusia Mall (or any mall for that matter), on Veterans Day - a day which, to my thinking, should be one where we, as American citizens, should be thinking about our veterans and what they are sacrificing for our freedoms and way of life.

Coolidge's words encapsulate Veterans Day perfectly. They have never let America down.

Sherman suggests that we take time to really speak to veterans, to get to know something of their experiences - if, that is, they want to talk about them. With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

We all should have an understanding of where our service members are and what dangers they are facing.

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