Today is Veterans Day, the day that we as a nation give thanks to all of the men and women who keep our enemies awake at night, to those who have answered the call and served this great nation both past and present.
From all of us here at Monderno, thank you.
Today, and every day…
November 11 is a special day in America, but by any measure of lives lost, sacrifices made and services rendered, every day is Veterans Day.
The History of Veterans Day
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month…
For those that do not know the history behind Veterans Day, it was originally called Armistice Day, to celebrate the armistice between Germany and the Allies that ended the Great War, the war to end all war, or World War I as we now call it.
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn 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.
-President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919
In 1945, Word War II veteran Raymond Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. In 1947, Weeks, who is often referred to as the Father of Veterans Day, led the first national celebration. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law formally establishing the holiday.
If you have time today, listen to this Veterans Day episode of The Survival Podcast and learn more about the history of Veterans Day, because it will speak a truth that many don’t understand: it’s possible to support our service men and women, even if you don’t support the politicians sending them into harm’s way.