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REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS

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REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS

NOVEMBER 11TH

VETERANS DAY

This Monday is another celebration of Veterans Day. Active and past veterans who have served this country have carried on their shoulders—and in their graves—the freedoms that now surround us, as we benefit from their sacrifices. Many living veterans still carry in their bodies and in their lives, hearts and minds the continuing price that they have paid by serving our country.

We stop and take note of the value and origins of that day in our country. Let's bless and thank a veteran this week!


ARMISTICE DAY

Veterans’ Day has been observed in the United States since November, 1919. It was first called “Armistice Day” (armaments and weapons were laid down), marking the end of the physical fighting in World War I (on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11thmonth** of the year, 1918.) That war—more widespread in destruction than the U.S. and Allies had known previously—was called “The Great War” and “the war to end all wars”, with many expectations and great hope that there would never be anything like it again.

The following year (1919) President Woodrow Wilson declared “Armistice” Day as a day to celebrate the victory and the peace, the courage and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service to their country. Congress passed a similar resolution in 1926. Included were the words, “…this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding …” 

In 1938, the day was declared a legal holiday. After World War II and the Korean War, “Armistice Day” was re-named “Veterans Day” to honor all the airmen, ground soldiers, Marines, and Navy… and subsequent special forces, Air Force, and Army—and others—who have served our country in war zones since that time.

In 1968, moves were made to place the holiday on a Monday (in order to give 3-day weekends), but this was reversed in 1975 after the historical importance of the 11th had been shown to have significant value and widespread public support**. The original date, then, has been celebrated since 1978—still on November 11th, whatever day of the week that happens to be.

Veterans Day is a good day to remember the sacrifices many have made to keep our country free. It’s a day to thank veterans (and their families) for their contributions to our success and peace and well-being. It’s a good day to visit one of the many war memorials, or encourage a family member or a friend—who is a veteran, or who is close to one—to do so. 

World War II memorials have opened in Washington, D.C. (in 2004), and in New Orleans, Louisiana (in the year 2000). Other memorials exist all around the country—from Gettysburg memorials to the moving Vietnam War memorial, also in Washington, D.C.

We can also remember to continue to help the veterans who came home from the war zone injured, and in need of help and support. The battles they fight continue on—for life, for health and for well-being, while many of the rest of us have gained our country’s peaceful advantages from their offering.

Last, but not least, we can continue our on-going prayer for those who are still assigned to active combat zones—for protection and courage, safety and peace.

And we can persist in praying for those veterans and their caring families dealing with injuries and trauma... for healing and help, encouragement and strength. We salute you! We applaud you! And we hold you in our hearts...

VETERANS DAY IS CELEBRATED THIS YEAR ON Monday the 11TH of November.


The above is a slightly updated version from our blogs posted on November 11, 2015 and through the years following by Kathy Boh, trinitychurchsupply.com/blog.

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