Veterans Day 2011
Armistice Day was first incorporated by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919. Armistice Day was enacted as an official American holiday in 1938. But eventually after WWII, citizens wanted to recognize the veterans of all wars, not just those of WWI. In 1954, Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Veterans Day originally was held every November 11th, and though it officially falls on this day, the holiday is typically observed on the weekday that falls closest to November 11th.
We honor veterans who have served their country and thank them for their service. It is by their sacrifice that we are able to sleep under a blanket of freedom. Too often we take this freedom for granted, or worse, we forget that freedom is not free. Freedom requires sacrifice before the tree of liberty. This sacrifice requires courage, commitment, and discipline - all hallmarks of our military. These ideals are given life in the day to day service of our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.
The LCRC asks all citizens to give heartfelt thanks to all and any veterans that they know. It is the very least that we can do.