“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Woodrow Wilson, 11.11.1919
The holiday was originally “Armistice Day”, made a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1926.
In 1954 it became “Veterans Day”, still on the date of Nov. 11.
Luckily, it has not become a movable holiday, like Labor Day. Those on Labor would have you believe that Labor day is as important as Veterans Day. It is not. Veterans Day has not become a holiday where the date is flexed in order to let people have an extra day off, or a long weekend, but remains a special day. The date remains fixed. If for no other reason than the fact that Banks and Government offices are closed on this day, whatever day of the week it falls on, and despite any inconvenience those closings might cause, this day is special to those of us who bother to understand the reason for this day. For the rest, we can hope that the inconvenenince makes it a day that is special, not just one to grill out or to drink beer with friends because there is no work on that day. Those in Labor who equate their work to your have no inkling of the value of the work our veterans do just by being where they are and doing what whey do.
For any vet who reads this, no matter if you are a vet who served in war or in peacetime:
Thank you…..from the bottom of my heart. I am writing this in english because of you and your predecessors, and I can write what I do on these pages because of the freedoms which your service protected.
Again, I thank you.
And if you are not a vet, and are reading this, then take the time to find one, and say “thank you”.
We take this day to honor your work, strife, and sacrifice.