“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy
Veterans Day is celebrated nationwide each year on November 11th. This was the day at the end of World War I when an armistice went into effect and fighting ceased between the Allied nations and Germany. For that reason, November 11, 1918 is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars,” and was thus made a legal holiday in 1938, celebrated as Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, congress amended the original legislation by replacing the word “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and so it became the holiday we know today: a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Ceremonies around the country are held to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. The National Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begins with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. It is a day to honor those who have put their lives on the line for our country, to defend the freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis that so many others do not have. Freedoms of speech, religion, and love. The rights to assemble, have a trial by jury, and vote; especially significant in this election year coming up before us.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all veterans, especially those we are lucky enough to know and call a part of our Y family. It is our great honor to welcome you to our 6th annual Veterans Day luncheon, so in some small way we can show our gratitude for your service. You deserve to be recognized for your commitment to this country, today and every day. We will remember all you have fought to protect, and will exercise our freedoms with gratitude and the utmost respect.