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.