On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, the world celebrated peace. That moment commemorated an end to "The Great War" which took the lives of nearly a generation of men (as well as many civilians). The day would begin the recognition of World War I veterans.
|Soldier -- Then|
Veterans have served our Nation, with intention and readiness to give all if called to do so. Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman, no matter their job, has earned our lasting gratitude. They have shouldered America’s National Security responsibilities, while the rest us enjoy our freedom and way of life. Veterans Day is especially sensitive to living veterans who served during conflict and those who retire after a lengthy service.
|Veteran -- Now|
They were soldiers years ago; today they are veterans. Our veterans no longer "live to fight another day;” on this Veterans Day we wish them to "live to enjoy another day of life."
Veterans Day began as a day of peace; honoring World War I veterans who made that possible. 92 years later, we continue to appreciate veterans who make our freedoms possible. Every November 11th, we renew our pledge to never take our veteran's service for granted. It is important to say this while they are still with us: "Thank you for your service."