Veterans Day

            Many times, we all have seen a flag waving at a local business, someone’s home, or even those enormous flags that dance in the wind at car dealerships. Those flags all have thirteen stripes symbolizing the 13 colonies that broke away from Great Britain’s Kingdom, in colors red and white. Red signifying the valor and strength, and white representing the innocence and purity of the United States. Along with the red and white stripes there is a blue square filled with fifty white stars. The blue in the flag signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice while each star represents one of the fifty states of the United States. For every state, there is a county, and for every county there is a city. For every city, there is at least one Veteran, who stood and fought for our country while remembering the red, white, and blue high-flying flag back on their soil of freedom. Veterans Day is an important day for our country to acknowledge and show respect to the many heroes whom have fought and continue to fight for our freedom of the United States of America.

            Originally Veterans Day was called Armistice Day in honor of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I. This historical event took place on November 11, 1918. It was not until 1938, Congress approved for November 11, to be recognized as a national holiday known as Armistice Day. This holiday was to honor the veterans of World War I. Once World War II, and Korean War broke out, Congress amended for Armistice Day to become Veterans Day so all Veterans from all previous and future wars could be included.

            Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day some Americans find the two holidays confusing because they do not understand which holiday is which. Here is a quick easy way to remember the difference between the two holidays. Memorial Day is to remember and memorialize those who have given their life during battle or suffered a wound during battle. Veterans day is a day to thank and honor those who have served during a time of war or peace whether they are living or deceased. On Veterans Day we should thank every veteran so they know we as a nation appreciate their sacrifice to serve in our military. On that note, everyone here at the Chamber would like to express our thanks and highest respect to every single Veteran, who has served or is serving to keep our country safe and free! Thank you! Also, we would also like to extend our gratitude to the families of our Veterans as well. You guys are the unsung heroes! You all sacrifice an unknown amount while your loved one is away from you. We thank you guys as well too.

“One flag, one land, one hand, one nation evermore!” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves as he best can, the same cause.” Abraham Lincoln

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