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Today, November 11th Is Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and a time for us to honor and remember all those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Hopefully, we remember our Veterans everyday, but today would be a good day to stop into a local VFW hall and say thank you. Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day is according to Wikipedia, a federal holiday honoring military veterans and is observed on November 11th. It coincides with Armistice Day and Remeberance day, which are holidays celebrated around the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that put an end to World War I. The hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. It was Alvin King, an Emporia, Kansas shoe repair shop owner who wanted to expand Armistice Day to include all veterans, not just those who died during WWI. President Eisenhower signed the federal observance into law on May 26, 1954 and on June 1, 1954, Congress amended the law to replace ‘Armistice’ with ‘Veterans’, and it has been known as Veterans Day ever since.

To all of the men and women who have served, are serving and will serve in all of the Armed Forces….thank you; we owe you a debt that we

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could never possibly begin to repay.

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