Understanding Veterans Day

Today, Nov. 11, our country celebrates Veterans Day. Since formal celebrations will be Monday to provide folks a three-day weekend, perhaps the alcohol aficionados will have time to nurse their hangovers. Every American should know why we celebrate Veterans Day on Nov.
The day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11 a national holiday. World War II general and President Dwight Eisenhower changed the official name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. Perhaps that’s why a perpetuating image of veterans on our special day usually features men and women in their Golden Years, hunched over, maneuvering their walkers or confined to a wheelchair, memories fading along with health.
It normally takes nine war veterans to support a combat veteran in the field, yet with the advent of guerrilla warfare and terrorism, there aren’t many so-called battlefields nor are there many rear areas of relative safety. With Vietnam being the exception, veterans are normally treated with the respect and dignity they’ve earned.
Furthermore, it is heartbreaking for Vietnam veterans to live with the awareness that many of our brothers and sisters died before they witnessed the positive change in public opinion.
In today’s military, 3 percent of our personnel were born outside of the United States. Nevertheless, American military veterans are everywhere, and every family is touched in some form or fashion by those who serve. As of 2018, about 16 million living veterans served in at least one war with another 5.5 million have served in peacetime. Two million of those veterans are women.

Veterans Day is not the day for hot dogs and cold beer but the time to remember those who served, those who answered the call to duty so you didn’t have to. They did it for you.

Sincerely comprehend what you mean when you tell a veteran, “Thank you for your service.”


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