Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, created to commemorate of the end of World War I. Fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany was ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. That date is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”. Armistice Day was originally observed with parades, speeches and a brief suspension of businesses beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The 11th of November was made a legal holiday in 1938. The day was dedicated to the cause of world peace and was primarily to honor World War I veterans. After World War II and the Korean War the word “Veterans” replaced the word “Armistice” and the holiday has been known as Veterans Day ever since. On 1 June 1954, Veterans Day became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
There are several veterans in my immediate family. My dad, his two brothers, and two other uncles are veterans. My cousin Ron Weitz was in the Army, a West Point graduate, and Joe’s brother Greg was a Viet Nam veteran.
A couple other relatives that were veterans include Dale Caffee, (Army, WWII) and Merlin Miller (Marines, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam).
I always like to pass out flag pins to the veterans at church the Sunday before Veterans Day. Last Sunday we honored veterans from several wars: Herb Miller, WWII; Don Caffee, Korean War era; George Eckrote, Korean War era; Denny Caffee, Viet Nam; Kent Whitacre, Viet Nam; and Mark Kimmel, Desert Storm & Iraq.
So, thank a veteran today. Thank them for their service and sacrifices for our country and our freedom. Thank you!