November 11. It is on the calendar every year, but I have never given this day much thought. Banks are closed and people have the day off from work, but other than that I have not really paid attention to what this day is all about. I know that it is called “Veteran's Day” but I did not understand exactly what we were celebrating until I did a little digging.

   Originally called “Armistice Day” in 1919, it was in celebration of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. It was a day to honor the U.S. soldiers who fought for around the world. Since the signing of that treaty the U.S. has been involved in more conflicts and wars, so in 1954 Congress chose to change the name to “Veteran's Day” to honor American veterans of all wars.

   I wanted to just take a moment on this Veteran's Day to thank not only the men and women who have and are currently serving our country and protecting our freedom, but also their families. It is because of their sacrifice that we are able to live in this great nation and worship, play and live freely.  

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AuthorJustin Graves