On the 11th hour of November 11th in 1918 Germany signed an armistice agreement ending World War I. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with these 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.”
In 1938, Congress made November 11th a legal holiday. After the 2nd World War “Armistice” day was changed to “Veterans” day.
Not to be mistaken with Memorial Day, which honors those who have paid the ultimate price for our country, Veterans Day honors all men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces both in times of war and in peace, both living and dead.
I encourage you to take a moment, to remember those that have served and say thanks.
Here are some great ways you can thank a veteran:
Take a veteran out to lunch.
Donate to your local VFW or American Legion.
Bake them a pie.
Call and Visit a nursing home or VA Hospital. Find out what you can do to help. Listen to their stories.
Write them a thank you note.
Offer to help an older veteran with jobs around the house.
Talk to you children about having pride in our military.
Pass out small flags around your neighborhood in honor of Veterans Day.
During a family reunion recognize the veterans in your family.
Remember to thank the spouse of a veteran, they served too.
Support a military family through Operation Home front. http://www.operationhomefront.net
Salt Lake County will host the 16th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, November 10th at 11 a.m., at the Salt Lake County Government Center, to honor more than 500 County employees and family members who have served in the military.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will kick-off the event to honor all veterans, after which the West High School ROTC will present the Flag Raising Ceremony and guide the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The West High School Choir will sing a number of patriotic songs, including leading the audience in each of the military service hymns. The names of Salt Lake County employees and their families who have served will also be on display at the celebration.
A special thanks to Salt Lake County Youth Services Associate Director Roger Gisseman, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, for his commitment to this annual celebration since 1998.