Celebrating the Patriots
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, a temporary cessation of hostilities – or armistice – was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.
In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean war, Nov. 11 became known as Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
As we pause to reflect and give thanks to those who have bravely fought to protect the freedom and liberty on which we proudly stand, we must also remember to thank those who make their home away from home in the deserts of Iraq and the unforgiving terrain of Afghanistan.
We honor all veterans on this solemn day, and rightly so, because despite the convulsive changes occasioned by war across the decades and centuries, there is one constant: the willingness of patriots in every generation to answer their country’s call to arms.