Thank a veteran Friday for service to country

Thank a veteran Friday for service to country

Veterans Day is Fri- day, Nov. 11. Its inception began when fighting ceased on the eleventh hour of November 11, 1918, of World War I, known as the “Great War” and regaled as the war to end all wars.

Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on 11/11/19. He stated, “... 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.”

President Dwight Eisenhower issued on 11/8/54 the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated “... in order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, veteran organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose – a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve at home and abroad and sacrifice so much for the common good ...”

America has seen many challenges of war since 1918 when going on to defeat the Nazis and Japanese in World War II, sending troops to protect democracy in Korea, Vietnam and numerous other places throughout the world and now the Persian Gulf.

These brave men and women, along with their families, have fought both abroad and at home serving heroically and helping others, often giving the ultimate sacrifice.

On this Veterans Day, please honor these sacrifices by extending your heart and hand and thanking a veteran and their family for all their efforts to keep us all safe. Freedom is a full-time job and our service members never get a day off, even on Veterans Day.

To all our veterans, please join me when I say thank you for your service, and you are so appreciated!

Karen Shesko, Lake Milton

Shekso is historian of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 737.