Veterans Day signified the end of World War I, it ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Hence, Veterans Day is celebrated on the 11th day of the 11th month each year to honor all U.S. Military veterans both living and deceased who have served in the United States Armed Forces to ensure our nation’s liberty.
At exactly 11 a.m. each November 11th, a color guard made up of members of each military branch, attend a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, which is now known as the Tomb of the Unknowns. The President then places a wreath on the tomb and a bugle sounds. It is a heartfelt tribute to our veterans.
There are times we tend to forget the nature of the holiday and focus mainly on enjoying ourselves at various functions, such as ceremonies and parades. What we need to remember is all of the veterans who have served our nation and to show them how much they are appreciated. Without their bravery and dedication, we would not be enjoying the freedom that we have today.
We should show our appreciation not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year by supporting organizations such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Catholic and Jewish War Veterans, Wounded Warrior Program, and so many other veteran organizations that are structured to help our Veterans return to their lives once their tour is completed.
We must remember that when our Veterans return home they may need our support in helping to secure employment, education, housing and medical care. By supporting these organizations we are letting our veterans know that they are cared for.
Our veterans not only serve our nation while in the military, but continue to do so upon their return by working with those very organizations that were created to help our veterans, their brothers and sisters, return to a happy and productive life. They are to be commended for their continued service to our country.
God bless our veterans and may God continue to bless the United States of America.