We shall not forget the sacrifice for freedom
November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” National Armistice Day unfortunately became Veterans Day as peace turned to following wars.
October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared ” Veterans Day” yet it left people wondering why it was celebrated on October 25th. President Gerald Ford decided to change the date of celebration to November 11th, since it was a day of great significance to all Veterans.
As Americans who enjoy freedom, I believe we should never forget the cost. I am not referring to the monetary debt of fighting wars. Men and woman left home and family to fight for our freedom, and their lives were never the same.
Many returned home in a flag covered casket. Others return home leaving pieces of their soul behind. African Americans were once fighting two wars, since they served under a time of segregation. Harry Truman put an end to military segregation in 1948 and it was not until the 1950’s that full integration was implemented. Many African Americans should have received medals and honors, yet were never recognized. I believe all Veterans deserve recognition for their service. A simple “thank you” is heartfelt.
Veterans paid the price for our freedom, and it is my hope that we continue to fight for them on every front. I would like to thank Veterans for their service, knowing that our freedom was not free.