November 11th Veterans Day

Today we celebrate all those brave men and women who have served our country, standing up for freedom and fighting back those who would take it away. No matter what political stance you take, you have to be grateful for those who stood up for us and defended us, sometimes sacrificing all.

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Originally called Armistice Day for those who fought during World War 1, Veterans Day was first celebrate in 1921 when the United States, France and England all buried their own “unknown soldier” from World War 1. They chose November 11th because it was the day that World War 1 ended in 1918.

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It was called “the war to end all wars”, which of course was a little over stated. But the intent was that we would never see another war like the one they had just gone through. However, after another World War, an even more costly one, President Eisenhower turned Armistice Day into Veterans Day in 1954. I know the hope would be for no more wars but I think Eisenhower knew better.

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World War 1 ended on November 11th at 11:11, 1918 but Veterans Day lives on. It celebrates those who fought before the “Great War” and those who came after, as it should. Those Veterans who fought in war time, and those who help preserve peace when we were not at war are to be saluted, honored and cherished.

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How to celebrate – Thank any veteran you happen to see. Remember those who sacrificed all so you could be free. Honor the flag that all those brave men and women stood for and don;t tarnish it for matters so insignificant when compared to what was given to keep it flying.

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