Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day, and it honored the end of World War I, which took place on November 11, 1918 at 11:11am. At that time, all sides put down their weapons and the greatest threat to humanity up until then finally ended.
Our offices are open today, but we will be taking a moment to honor veterans of all wars and actions and thank them for their service.
Veterans gave the country a blank check and told the government to cash it
That’s how it was described to me. If you’ve served in the military, you chose to give up years of your life for meager pay. You volunteered to go to some of the most dangerous places on the planet and you knew you might not come back. No matter whether you ended up fighting or lived in peacetime, you’re still a veteran and you’re part of the legacy of this country.
Something on which we can all agree
There’s been a lot of division this year. It seems like there’s precious little we can all agree on. And yet, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t feel grateful for our veterans. Our way of life may have taken a few dents this year, but we’re still here and we’re still free. And for that, we owe our thanks to veterans of every generation.
Military service is something that shapes the entirety of your life. No matter which branch you served in, you did something amazing. I’m proud to be descended from veterans and to have many veterans as friends. I’m also lucky enough that my country didn’t need me to fight when I was young. The peace and plenty that I enjoyed as a youngster was there because our country was secure from foreign threats. And I haven’t forgotten how important that is. It’s something I wish for every generation.