“Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”
There ought to be a certain solemnity today. A unique, unspeakable sobriety to the freedom that many of us have always had the privilege of experiencing in our ordinary, everyday lives. There should be a reverence to each conversation enjoyed in peace and freedom within the hallowed boarders of our homeland.
That is because this peace, this freedom, this great experiment has been bought and continually paid for through the selfless sacrifice of so many that have come before us. The vast majority of whom will never be individually commemorated or remembered. Countless lives have been laid down to protect and preserve this great nation and what it is that she represents.
She is more than her warts and blunders. She is more than her darkest days. Indeed, America is more about what she has the freedom and ability to become rather than the places she has mistakenly traversed. And it is this very potential, this unfailing hope that men and women both fought and died to see realized.
May we never take their sacrifices for granted. May we never forget the price that has been paid for our security. And above all, may we not waiver in “holding these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal– that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
To our Veterans, both past and present, we are truly grateful.