Originally called “Armistice Day,” this day was conceived as a tribute to the Americans who sacrificed their lives in World War I. On Oct. 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” Now we honor all American veterans on this day who have served in any war, before or after World War I to defend democracy.
This Veterans Day 2018 is especially significant as it was one hundred years ago — at 11 am on 11/11, that’s 11 a.m., November 11, 1918, when armistice was signed for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War l, which ended World War l. This was the war to end all wars, but sadly it was not.
We must continue to honor and recognize our veterans tomorrow and every day, for they and their families give so much. When we see them, a simple “thanks for your service” is greatly appreciated.
As a member La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses) founded 99 years ago after this war, we continue to serve our community, our state and our Nation, with Nurses Training Scholarships, Flags for First Graders, POW/MIA Scholarships, helping our veterans, their widows and children and serving our VA Hospitals and Veteran homes.