President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for
November 11, 1918.
In proclaiming the holiday, he said,
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
On May 26, 1954, Armistice was replaced with "Veterans" as
President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law
Today as we celebrate Veterans Day, I will be keeping a
few soldiers close in my thoughts.
Dave is in Iraq
Bradey is in Afghanistan.
Ashleigh is attending boot camp in Illinois
Dave is my son in law. Dave was deployed before he and Kim
celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
Bradey is married to my niece, Hailey.
This is the first deployment for both Dave and Bradey.
I cannot believe the sacrifices both of these families are making.
Dave and Bradey are both true heroes.
I have also spent a lot of time with Kim and Hailey
and these girls are also heroes.
Next is Ashleigh. She is the daughter of my friend, Joany.
She joined the Navy just months ago.
As tragedy struck their family this past month,
both Ashleigh and her family have shown amazing
strength and courage. Ashleigh has continued to stay the
course against all odds. She is also a true hero.
Another interesting fact about Veterans Day,
The holiday is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal.
This tradition dates back to the ending days of World War I
when President Woodrow Wilson, aware that the returning
soldiers would be longing for home cooked meals,
invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House and helped his
staff chefs cook them ravioli, which had just become
a mainstay in mainstream American kitchens
due to commercial canning.
It does not matter if you celebrate with a ravioli meal or not.
What matters is that you take time
to think about and pray for the brave men and women
who are serving our country and for their families.
"It is easy to take liberty for granted,
when you have never had it taken from you."