Appreciation for Our Veterans
Remembering those that have lost their lives in our nation's defense as well as those still serving...
There was a time when the American Vet was respected and looked up to, a time when able bodied young men would volunteer and ambitiously seek to serve their country with pride and enthusiasm. All the men in the family took pride and looked forward to the day they would be able to serve their country that had given them so much just by being an American.
Freedom has never been free!
America has been at war since we came into existence. Even though the early settlers came to a new land with a desire to be free of wars and oppression they soon found that to have this land and freedom they would have to fight for it… Freedom has never been free! It has always cost someone something and that something has generally been the lives of the young men in defense of their wives, families, loved ones and lands. Oftentimes defense against a superior foe and always in retaliation from previous oppression and hostilities brought upon us as a nation or our embassies maintained.
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The major wars and conflicts involving American or colonist are listed: the American Revolution, the Barbary Wars, the War of 1812, Texas Independence, the Mexican-American War, The American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Grenada, the US Invasion of Panama, the Persian Gulf War, the Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Invasion of Afghanistan, the Invasion of Iraq and now back to Afghanistan – 1,298,175 lives have been lost as of August 25, 2010. Again I state – Freedom is not FREE.
A soldier who has fought or served during a war
The celebration was first called Armistice Day to commemorate when the fighting stopped at the close of World War I. The fighting stopped and the leaders of several countries signed an Armistice at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore it was first celebrated one year later on November 11, 1919 and the surviving veterans marched in parades immediately becoming hometown heroes. A veteran is therefore any soldier who has fought or served during a war. After nearly twenty years Congress voted to make Armistice Day a national holiday in 1938, but just one year later in 1939 World War II began.
Observe a moment of silence at 11 A.M.
After WWII, Armistice Day was still celebrated on November 11, and around 1953 people began calling it Veterans Day in remembrance of veterans of all wars. President Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 proclaiming November 11th each year as Veterans' Day. In 1968 President Lyndon Banes Johnson signed a law changing the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October giving federal employees an additional day off work. But the people protested to such a degree that the date was changed back to it's original date, November 11th in 1978. Since this date each year on November 11th we give thanks for peace, and observe a moment of silence at 11 A.M., remembering those who fought and died during all times of war.
We as a nation give thanks
It is important on this day that we as a nation give thanks for times of peace, by remembering all those still protecting our rights and freedoms each and every day of the year.
© 2010 SamSonS
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