Honor, Respect and Gratitude This Veterans Day

Honor, Respect and Gratitude This Veterans Day

Old Glory This Veterans Day, remember to set aside time to honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Let us all take a moment to reflect, pray or express gratitude to the men and women who served—and most importantly—to those who gave their lives to protect our country.

Today, veterans make a positive impact in the workforce. Taking the skills, training and leadership gained in service and applying it to business, these men and women are now difference-makers in our communities and for our economy.

The origins of Veterans Day trace back to the end of World War I. On November 11, 1918, an armistice between the U.S.-led Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Though the war wasn’t officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed seven months later, November 11 was recognized as the end of the “war to end all wars”.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed HR7786, ensuring November 11 remained a day to honor American veterans of all wars. The President issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation”, which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

From our Revolutionary-era forefathers to our soldiers fighting for our freedoms today, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who served and continue to serve our country.

As John F. Kennedy said in his Thanksgiving proclamation in 1963— “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

To our veterans, with honor, respect and gratitude—thank you.

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