To all of our veterans

Far and near.

We thank you for your service

For all those years.

You sacrificed your time,

And some gave your life.

You preserved our freedom

By willingly paying the price.

Many of you

Were sent overseas.

You were wounded in battle,

With scars and disease.

But courageous and brave,

You weathered the storm.

You faced every battle

With faith and beyond.

We honor you with joy

For all that you’ve done.

You stood strong for our country,

For our daughters and sons.

So no one stands alone,

We walk hand in hand.

Remember, we are with you.

Together we shall stand.

We salute you today.

Hear what we say.

Let our words speak eloquently

In this special way.

On this day,

Let us express our love and thanks

For the sacrifice you paid.

You served in honor

For many years and days,

And we will never forget

How you were strong and brave.

By Susan R. Smith

Veterans Day is a national holiday in the United States dedicated to honoring and expressing gratitude to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The day is observed annually on November 11th and is a time to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans for the country.

Here are some key points about Veterans Day:

    Date: Veterans Day falls on November 11th each year. The date marks the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany, ending World War I in 1918.

    Origin: Originally known as Armistice Day, it was primarily a day to honor veterans of World War I. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to include veterans of all U.S. wars.

    Purpose: Veterans Day is a time for the nation to pay tribute to those who have served in the military, acknowledging their contributions, sacrifices, and dedication to protecting the country and preserving freedom.

    Observance: The day is marked by various ceremonies, parades, and events across the country. Many businesses and schools also participate in honoring veterans. In some places, there are moments of silence at 11:00 a.m. to commemorate the signing of the armistice.

    Recognition of Service: Veterans Day is an opportunity to recognize and thank veterans for their service. It’s common for people to express gratitude by attending veterans’ events, visiting military cemeteries, or simply thanking veterans they encounter.

    Federal Holiday: Veterans Day is a federal holiday, and federal government offices, banks, and many schools are closed. However, essential services and some businesses may remain open.

    Difference from Memorial Day: Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, which honors those who died in military service. Veterans Day celebrates all military veterans, living or deceased.

On Veterans Day, it’s customary to show appreciation to veterans through various means, such as flying the U.S. flag, attending Veterans Day events, or reaching out to veterans personally to express thanks for their service. The day serves as a reminder of the commitment and sacrifices made by those who have served in the military.


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