With the backdrop of two active wars and the recent tragedy at Fort Hood, our hearts, thanks, prayers, and sadly our condolences, go out to those in the military and their families this Veterans Day.
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new holiday honored World War I veterans. After both World War II and the Korean War, Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans” and November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
This is also a time to honor those who have fought for freedom in other parts of the world. One of the most significant symbols of this is the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which occurred two days ago, on November 9.
While peace is still a distant goal for the world as a whole, we are very fortunate to have the freedom we enjoy and the protection of those who make sacrifices every day.