On This Veteran's Day

By Curtis M. Hendel

On the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month of 1918 the world marked the end of World War I.  The war had lasted four years, three months, and two weeks.  The world had never seen destruction on this scale, with individual battles costing over a million lives and the total casualties topping 38 million combatants.  Surely such a high price would lead to a great world peace.  Leaders at the time could never believe that a war could ever be any worse.  This was the War to End All Wars.

On November 11th, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson marked the first Armistice Day, in observance of the end of the war.  From there it became Veteran’s Day in 1954, a day to celebrate all veterans.

It has been 98 years since that war ended, and the need for men and women to swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic is still vital to our everyday life.  And those that have served and lived through their service are our veterans today.

On this day we stop for just a moment to think of all of those that have served our nation and those that wear the title of veteran today.  A veteran is unique in that it is the only group that includes all ranges of income levels, education, occupations, races, creeds and color.  They come from all backgrounds, mix together to be the force that defends our nation, and then return to life after any number of years.

Our veterans have paid in blood, sweat, and tears.  They have endured the worst that humanity has to offer and have always stood for those that cannot defend themselves.  Veterans Day is their day.
 
Thank You for Your Service!
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