Thank a veteran for serving country

DEAR EDITOR:

Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11.

It began when the fighting of World War I, known as the “Great War,” ceased, in the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918.

When the battle of that war, regaled as the war to end all wars, ended, Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on Nov. 11, 1919.

He stated, “… 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.”

President Dwight Eisenhower issued on Nov. 8, 1954, the first Veterans Day Proclamation, which stated “… in order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, veteran organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve at home and abroad and sacrifice so much for the common good…”

America has seen many challenges of war since 1918, including defeating the Nazis and the Japanese in World War II, sending troops to protect democracy in Korea, Vietnam and throughout the world to give a voice to the voiceless and persecuted.

Our brave men and women, along with their families, have been stationed both within and outside the American borders serving heroically and helping others, often giving the ultimate sacrifice.

On this Veterans Day, please honor these sacrifices by extending your heart and hand and thanking a veteran and their family for all their efforts to keep us all safe. Freedom is a full-time job and our service members never get a day off, even on Veterans Day.

To all our veterans, please join me and say, “Thank you for your service; you are so appreciated.”

KAREN SHESKO

American Legion

Auxiliary 737,

Lake Milton

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