I remember while growing up, the Sunday before November 11th everyone in the small town and nearby farms where we lived would buy a poppy and wear it. Everyone! The lack of such remembrance in our country today saddens me.
For our veterans: “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.” Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
History of Veterans Day: [Not to be confused with Memorial Day which is for remembering those who gave their lives for freedom, this is to honor all who have served.]
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice or truce between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, saying the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.
On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11 a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but a few years later World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States. The Korean War started in 1950 and was followed by the Vietnam War, with more wars to come.
In 1954, the veteran’s service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, whereever and whenever they had served. It is a day mostly intended to honor and thank the veterans who are still living for their dedication and loyal service to their country, and for Americans to be “filled with gratitude for the victory”.