Let me start by asking how many of you are veterans? If you have served in our military, then I thank you for your service to this great country.
If you have lost a loved one in the line of duty, I thank you for the greatest sacrifice of all.
Today is Veterans Day 2016, a day in which we honor those who have served or are serving in the US military. Here are some facts about this day and our veterans:
- A ceasefire for WWI went into effect exactly at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. This was declared Armistice Day and was celebrated every year thereafter until 1954 when it was changed to Veteran’s Day. The change was made to include the honoring of all this who have served in the military as well as those who have fallen defending our country.
- There are approximately 23.2 million veterans living in the US, of these, 1.6 million veterans are women. My mother-in-law is a veteran!
- Veterans Day is a US federal holiday.
- This is the 1st Veterans Day to take place after the ban on women participating in ground combat was lifted.
- Veterans Day is not spelled with an apostrophe! According to Wikipedia, Veterans Day is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”
There are many ways to celebrate this day. Reach out to a veteran you know and express your gratitude for their service. Donate to a veterans’ nonprofit, such as the Wounded Warrior Project. If you need some ideas, here is an article which suggests some unique ways to honor our veterans.
While I am writing this, I am praying that the newly elected President will make the right decisions when it comes to our security and to the use of the US military. I pray that he surrounds himself with the best advisors. And listens to them!