Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hug a Veteran

As most everyone knows, tomorrow is Veteran's Day. The day was originally established as Armistice Day, the day that the Armistice was signed ending WWI. Major hostilities were ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. President Woodrow Wilson declared it a holiday in 1919. In 1953, the idea was spread to include all veterans, changing it from Armistice Day to "All Veterans" Day, and in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law. All states within the United States observe this holiday.

National ceremonies take place every year at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The day will be celebrated with parades, speeches, and observances of our beloved veterans. So if you know someone who has bravely served in defense of this great country, give them a hug. If they are serving now, hug them. If they fought in Desert Storm, Vietnam, or Korea, give them big hugs (here's one for you, Dad.) And if they are one of the few remaining veterans who fought in WWII, give them an extra special hug. Without these men and women, our freedom would be lost.

1 comment:

kpritch01 said...

This is a wonderful post. I can't express how important I think it is that everyone take a moment today to thank their soldiers, both past and present. Each and everyday they are fighting for our country and for our freedom.

It's also unfortunate to see what is happening to our soldiers with the recent Fort Hood incident. We have soldiers that are suffering and that need our help. I actually stumbled across this site today through an ad on Facebook. They're offering a free download of their PTSD audio therapy product for those in the military in honor of Veteran's Day. Here's the URL if anyone is interested: http://www.prescriptionaudio.com/pages/ptsd