How many of you know that Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day?
The Armistice was signed to end World War I.
It was signed at the end of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.
November 11, 1918 marked the end of the fighting.
The official end of World War I came on June 28, 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles.
On June 1, 1954 the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.
When I was younger, a lot of people still referred to Veteran’s Day as Armistice Day.
I was born the year the name was officially changed, 1954.
In 1968 Congress moved Veteran’s Day to the fourth Monday in October.
Then in 1978 Congress moved Veteran’s Day back to November 11th.
As a nation, we need to recall and honor all of our veterans.
Sadly, many do not. I have several reasons to recall and honor our veterans.
These will be passed on to our daughters so they will honor and remember our veterans.
The first reason is the freedom we enjoy.
The next reason is because I had an uncle who paid the supreme price.
On December 3, 1944 he lost his life.
One of my uncles was a commando—a fact I learned in the last years of his life.
I know he was in the war, but nothing else. I learned he was in North Africa with my friend’s grandfather.
Lastly, I have an uncle who recently passed away due to radiation exposure during the war.
The radiation made his liver fail and turn to stone.
We must remember all veterans, living and dead.
From Bunker Hill to Baghdad, we owe the veterans so much more than we could ever repay.
Please take time to recall and honor them.
If you know a veteran or see a veteran ask to shake their hand and thank them for their service.
I have made this a practice to shake a veterans hand.