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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veterans Day

On Saturday, November 11th, we will be celebrating Veterans Day.  It is a day we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.  The date of November 11th was chosen because the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  Veterans Day was previously know in the United States as Armistice Day until 1954 when it was renamed to Veterans Day to honor all who served in the Armed Forces.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country.  Veterans Day is to honor all those who served honorably in the military, whether at war or peace.

Veterans Day is also celebrated in other countries.  In Canada and Australia, it is called "Remembrance Day" while the United Kingdom observes "Remembrance Sunday" on the Sunday nearest to November 11.  However, Remembrance Day is very much like the United States's Memorial Day, a day to honor the nation's war dead, as well as honoring all who served in the military.

So if you know a veteran, shake their hand, give them a hug, salute them because they helped protect this country we live in.  They deserve to receive our respect and admiration for taking on this responsibility.  So whether you are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, we wish to say thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!

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