Today is Veterans Day, the time to honor the men and woman who gave their lives to serve their county. Veterans have not always received the respect that they are due and this is a day we set aside to publicly acknowledge their sacrifice; a day that has a specific idea and meaning, and I honor that, too.

Welcome Home

“Welcome Home” 1918, monographic. A.J. Stasny Music Co.,, New York :, [1918]. Notated Music Cover Library of Congress

Veterans Day was first known as Armistice Day from November 11, 1919-June 1, 1954. In 1954, It was established as an official holiday due to the efforts of former veteran Raymond Weeks, who was given the Presidential Citizenship Medal by Ronald Reagan in 1982.

Many children and some employees have the day off work or school because it is a federal holiday. No mail is delivered, and some government offices are closed. If Veterans Day happens to occur on a Saturday or a Sunday, then official observance will be provided on the adjacent weekday. In case you’re wondering, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs also states that Veterans Day is the official wording; no apostrophe is used.

We should honor those who served and died for their country; I myself will never forget what they did for us. Thank you to those who have served or are serving as well as those who have died for our country.