Today, November 11, is a national holiday in which we celebrate and honor our veterans: Veteran's Day. Most of us don't know how Veteran's Day came to place and that's why I decided to do some research on how this holiday was born.
According to the web site of the Department of Veteran Affairs, on November 11th, 1918, on the eleventh hour the fighting between the Allied nations and Germany had ceased. However, World War I did not officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Although the war did not officially end until the treaty was signed, November 11, 1918, is seen as "the end of 'the war to end all wars'." It wasn't until November 1919 that President Wilson decided to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. President Wilson specifically said, "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…" On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday to commemorate the veterans of World War I. However, in 1954, many soldiers, sailors, and marines had taken part in World War II so the Act of 1938 was changed by taking away the word "Armistice" and inserting "Veteran's" in its place. So on June 1, 1954, it was made official that November 11th would be a day to commemorate and honor all American veterans. Thus, Veteran's Day was born.
Through this blog, I would like to thank all our veterans who have served for our country. I would specifically like to thank and honor my uncle Mark who served in the Gulf War in 1991, my cousin-in-law Matt who served in Iraq in 2004, and my cousin Mark who served in Afghanistan in 2009. Thank you to all three of you! I would also really like to say an even more special thank you to my cousin Mark, who received a purple heart because he was severely wounded last year in Afghanistan. Mark, I truly admire your bravery and courage to fight for our country. I also admire your willingness to remain positive throughout your recovery process. I'm glad that you never gave up. I can say that you're my hero and I truly look up to you and admire you for being such a strong young man. Thank you!