How many of you know that Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day?
The Armistice was signed on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to end World War I.
The official end of World War I came on June 28, 1919, with the Treaty of Versailles.
I was born the year the name was officially changed, 1954.
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.
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.
Sadly, many do not recall or honor or veterans.
I have several reasons to recall and honor our veterans.
These will be passed on to my daughters so they will honor and remember our veterans.
The first reason is the freedom we all enjoy.
The next reason is that I had an uncle who paid the supreme price.
On December 3, 1944, P.F.C Frank Walters gave all.
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 a practice to shake a veteran’s hand when I meet them.