For Veterans Day, I did a little research. It’s not just some holiday – it’s an honoring of the ambitious, the brave, and those who came before us–and who remain among us–that allow Americans to be ambitious, too. There’s history, and good reason to know what it is, what it’s about.
It is our hope that by thanking America’s Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, we can reward them with the honor they so richly deserve (Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, 2018).
World War I fighting stopped on November 11, 1918. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the armistice. That’s why we celebrate Veterans Day on this date (observed today on November 12th as the 11th was a Sunday). President Wilson on November 11, 1919:
To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations… (Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, 2018).
Support the ambitions of others to meet promise and potential. Honor and respect our veterans as they have and do us.