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Ninety-six years ago, President Woodrow Wilson established Armistice Day to commemorate the end of fighting between the Allied Forces and Germany that took effect on “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” officially ending World War I.
Following the end of World War II in 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks suggested to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Eight and half years later, as President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed the bill that established Armistice Day as a national holiday. Then, on June 1, 1954, Congress amended the bill, changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.” It has been referred to as Veteran’s Day ever since.
Today, we salute our service men and woman. We thank them for their service, their sacrifice and their on-going commitment to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the people of all nations and nationalities.
Please be sure to thank these soldiers for their service on this Veterans Day and everyday:
- Chief Petty Officer, Thomas E. Burek, USN, Retired
- Mike May (Sergeant, USA)
- Kevin Vannoy (Lieutenant, USN)
- Terry Bilke, Major, USA, Retired and Electrician’s Mate, First Class, USN
- Bob Davidson (Officer, USA)
- Eugene Mauk (USN)
- Jerry Hedgecock (Machinist Mate 3rd Class, USN)
- Sean Bracy, Chief Petty Officer (E7), Retired
- Jon McNabb (Specialist E4P, USA)
- Greg Troxell (Corporal, USMC)
- John Griffith (Sergeant, USMC)
- David Croy, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired
- Mike Lines (Petty Officer, USA)
- Jay Hermacinski (Officer, USA)
- Mark Brooks (Officer, USA)