Wednesday November 11th is Veteran's Day. Not to be confused with Armed Forces Day or Memorial Day, Veteran's Day is a day to salute all our military veterans from all wars and peacetime.

It was originally named Armistice Day, but evolved into Veteran's Day in 1954 during Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency.  The History Channel website notes that the holiday was moved to the 4th Monday in October in 1968, effective in 1971, but four years later in 1975, President Gerald Ford brought the holiday back to the original November 11th date.

We should all be proud of our servicemen and women. To serve your country proudly and protect it and its citizens from harm is the greatest thing you can do. Many of my family served in the armed forces. My Dad served in the Army and eventually became a part of the Military Police on the Fort Hood, Texas Army base, where coincidentally, I was born.

He used to tell my siblings and me many stories about his time in the military and how one time he was guarding an underground installation. He didn't go into detail about it, since he really didn't know what he was guarding, but I'm guessing it was some sort of 'not for public knowledge' type of installation.

Many of my uncles and cousins served in the armed forces as well. My Uncle Roland served in the Navy, Uncle Rich in the Army, spending time in South Korea, and my Uncle Jim served in Vietnam in the early 70s. Uncle Jim was killed in action in 1971 in Quang Ngai.

Let our veterans know how much you appreciate them, and honor them for all that they do to protect our freedom, not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

via History Channel Website

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