Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day–proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 requesting another proclamation to observe November 11 and on May 13, 1938, Congress made November 11 a legal holiday, “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’ In 1953 a civilian named Al King (a shoe store owner in Emporia, Kansas) began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into “all” Veterans’ Day. With the help of his representative, Ed Rees, a bill was pushed through Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower fittingly signed it into law on May 26, 1954. Ever since, its purpose has been to honor those who have served in our Military and to honor those still serving.
THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED:
To the brave men and women who have faithfully served our Nation bringing an end to WWII, bravely fighting a horrific fight in Korea and Vietnam to preserve freedom around the world, liberating Countries from dictatorships, preserving peace in the Middle East and standing strong against tyranny and communism, I humbly thank you for your service. I thank you for doing a job many Americans cannot or will not. I thank you for allowing me the freedom to raise my children in a society free of tyranny and oppression. I thank you for shedding blood and tears in foreign lands and rarely and tragically sometimes here at home.
While the John Kerry’s and Code Pinks and Move-On.org’s and leftists here in America criticize your actions, mock your purposes and rant against your missions, you persevere and fight harder to protect the very freedoms those individuals exercise even when they exercise them in a manner that dishonors your service. I am sorry that there are those who call themselves Americans that do not appreciate the sacrifice you have given. I am sorry that there are those on American soil that are able to choose where they worship, where they study, where they eat, what they read, what they drive, where they go and what they do with little resistance from their government and yet fail to recognize that it is you that have preserved those freedoms they exercise. I am sorry that there are those in our Government who seemingly refuse to recognize the victories you have obtained and the purposes you have served. I am sorry for every single citizen that has not taken the time to thank you from the bottom of their heart.
I pray God’s richest blessings on your life for the tireless way in which you have stared adversity in the face and fought against it to protect all of us. Thank you for your service.
THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE:
To the brave men and women continuing to serve in our Military overseas and at home-thank you for your continued service. Thank you for remaining faithful to our Nation and continuing the fight to preserve freedoms in the Middle East and to protect the world from terrorism. Thank you for performing under intense and extreme circumstances and proudly wearing our flag into these important conflicts.
I am sorry that our President and your Commander is willing to play golf 24 times in a year but cannot make a decision to honor the request of the General to send more assistance to your fight. I am sorry that our President and your Commander is worried more about whether he acknowledges some buddies at a conference than whether he acknowledges the brave soldiers who needlessly lost their lives at Ft. Hood. I am sorry that we at home elected a man to your Commanding position that neither honors your service nor cares about your success. But know this–the American people care and we pray for your safety and we recognize the great debt we owe you and your families for the sacrifices you are making and will make. You are the heroes of my children and myself. I realize fully that I am able to sit in this air-conditioned office high above the Houston streets and type these words without fear of arrest or persecution because of what you are doing.
I pray for your safety, your mission and your quick return home to your families and loved ones. Thank you for your service!