A Few Words on Veterans’ Day

First and foremost, heartfelt thanks to all the veterans who put their lives on the line for our country.  We owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.  You risked everything you had in return for far less than you deserved, and I am grateful.

Special thanks to my father-in-law, a retired Marine Master Sergeant.  We are proud to be the family of a Marine.

For the rest, here are a few shiny dinglehoppers about Veterans’ Day:

– The holiday takes place on November 11 because the Armistice that concluded hostilities between the Allies and Germany at the end of World War I took effect at 11a.m. on November 11, 1918: 11/11 at 11.

– Veterans’ Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1938.  The observance was originally called “Armistice Day” but was renamed “Veterans’ Day” in 1954.

– In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill granted Federal workers three-day weekends on four government holidays, Veterans’ Day among them.

If you know a veteran, tell him or her thanks today.  I doubt they hear it often enough, and definitely not as often as they should.

* Veterans’ Day facts courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

One thought on “A Few Words on Veterans’ Day

  • November 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Well said Susan. I’ve done the rounds on my “social” sites to let the Veterans in my family know that we appreciate their service and sacrifice.

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