Almost one century ago, Armistice Day was established. The year was 1919 and world war I had just ended.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.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 Armed Forces has made a particular impression in our nation and have really cemented our reputation. So on November 11th, Americans honor those who have given their lives for our country, whether it be with their lives, time and careers. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, especially giving respect to veterans are living. Those who serve our country come from all different walks of life. The experience instills a sense of security and bonds them with experience. You become a part of family and devotion.
Since America’s inception there have been several wars: Revolutionary War, world wars, the Civil War, Vietnam, just to name a few. With each war, we have changed and adapted to the consequences of war and we have learned to bond together, regardless of agreement of the nature of war. There are many ways to honor Veterans Day. Call or write a letter to a veteran. Serve a military family a meal. Listen to their stories, if you have the opportunity to hear them. Engage in commitment, whether it be financial or personal. Make sure you honor and respect those who have fought for your livelihood. Say thank you and mean it.