We don’t owe much to our Veterans… we owe them everything. We owe them our country, our freedom and our lives. So do many other countries. Today we honor their service to us and those that gave their lives so that we didn’t have to.
Veteran’s Day started out as Armistice Day, the Day both the United Kingdom and United States buried the Unknown Soldier on November 11th at 11:11 AM in 1921. Since then there have been more Unknown Soldiers than any of us would care to acknowledge but we should, they died for us. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, honoring both those who died in service and those still living.
War has existed since man learned how to walk, evil has driven the power hungry beyond the point of reason, greed has driven the sane insane. The only thing that keeps the world from blowing up is the men and women who actually blow things up.
But they also heal, build and comfort those in need. We should always honor our Veterans because they have always honored us. They do not ask you to do all the things they do, they just get the job done when no one else can.
How to celebrate – Thank a Veteran for the service they have given. Visit the Arlington Cemetery. Attend a Veterans Day ceremony.
The American Legion was formed in Paris, France on Feb. 16th, 1919. It’s charter was granted by the U.S. Congress. It’s purpose, to serve as a voice for the American soldier in Washington D.C.. Originally it was to serve the veterans of World War 1 but it has served all veterans ever since.
There are over 3 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It’s headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana with a large office in Washington, D.C.. You may wonder why soldiers need a voice in Congress. The sad fact is, that often after the soldiers have stopped fighting both the people, and the government, have a tendency to forget they ever existed. It’s a good thing that they didn’t forget to serve.
The Legion’s motto is; “For God and Country.” Oddly, though the organization was formed back in 1919 a day was never awarded to celebrate what the Legion does. Finally in 2009 Congress created the American Legion Day for us all to celebrate, and remember.
It is a somber day for all those that did not return from protecting our country but also a joyful day for ll those that did. We can never thank our troops enough.
How to celebrate – Thank a soldier for their service. Say a prayer for all those still serving. study all the places our troops have served, and are still serving, you might be surprised by what you find out.