Celebrating our veterans

shutterstock_1130466582   November 11th, 1918 is regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”. In November 1919, President Wilson chose November 11th 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…” In 1954, after World War II and the Korean Conflict, at the urging of veterans service organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by taking out the word “Armistice” and putting in its place the word “Veterans”. Later that same year, President Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation”. Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11th, regardless of what day of the week it falls. The observance of this day helps us to focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Many thanks to the men and women of our armed forces, both home and abroad. May God Bless them and their families. This message was shared with employees by our President, Simon Beltran.