Because they matter

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Today is a day we celebrate and honor our veterans by showing our gratitude for their dedication and willingness to serve. The following is an excerpt from the History of Veterans Day retrieved from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website that shares the historic significance of enacting this national holiday

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

Let’s take a moment today to appreciate the importance of this holiday and hope that it remains “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (To read more about the history of Veterans Day visit http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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