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by Ruby Lane

Freedom comes at a high price when men and women have to risk and sacrifice their lives for the nation we have built and way of life we have come to enjoy. The men and women who have served our country in times of war and peace are some of our nation’s best citizens. We justly honor them on Veterans Day.

 

the text thank you veterans written in a chalkboard and a flag of the United States, on a rustic wooden background

History of Veterans Day

World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

 

Americans show their appreciation to men and women in the Armed Forces in many ways. When we erect a monument, lower a flag to half-mast, set a wreath, attend a function, and gather at a VFW hall on this day to hear speeches, we show respect to the nation’s peacekeepers, and we acknowledge virtues to be passed on for generations. Our silent meditation and prayers for the fallen are heartfelt.

 

Our veterans are the backbone of the nation. We Americans hope to avoid war, and when we send our forces off to war we long for their safe return. Veterans deserve the benefits we authorize Congress to give them. Our veterans have earned their pensions. We support hospitals to care for the wounded and sick. We care for the widows and children of veterans. We generously help veterans receive grants for continuing education and vocational training.  We will never forget those who serve in the Armed Forces. Let us observe Veterans Day with devotion in any and every way we can.

 

The well-being and happiness of our veterans are on the minds of parents and spouses, family and friends, and every freedom-loving individual. We gladly read about our armed forces in books, see them in action on film, and picture them on postage stamps.

 

 

 

Old woman's hands holding an American flag

Veterans of the United States, we proudly salute you on this Veterans Day and always! Here are some of our favorite quotes about Veterans Day.

U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan.  (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

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