Happy Veterans Day 2014!
I just wanted to say that I hope everyone has enjoyed their Veterans Day 2014 today. It is a time to have fun and hopefully get a respite from work as we celebrate the sacrifices that have been made by the uniformed service members of the United States.
This is a special day to me because I made the choice to serve my country and to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. This has come at a price. There are many days that I missed with my wife and kids. Christmas and birthdays came and went and I was in the middle east just hoping for the chance to call and wish them a Merry Christmas or happy birthday. But even as hard as that was, there are many of my friends, brothers and sisters in arms, who have come back missing a part of themselves.
There is nothing wrong with having a good time today. In fact, I am making the best of my day by grilling hamburgers with my family and friends. My hope though is that you will all take the chance today to at least pause for a moment and think about everyone out there who has gone above and beyond so that we can live the life we have.
I also wanted to share a little bit of what the Department of Veterans Affairs has to say about the history of Veterans Day.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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…”
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
To read the entire history, visit the VA webpage.
It is important to know why we take this time of remembrance. Please make sure to share the true meaning of Veterans Day with your kids. I hope that you all have a great day!
Thank you for celebrating Veterans Day 2014 with me!