Friday, November 11, 2011

Every Day Is Veterans Day

Trench Warfare - WWI
B-17 Bomber Crew - WWII

In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th "Armistice Day" to mark the first Anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the 1st World War came to an end and our troops began to return home. In 1953 the name of the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" as a means of  including in the celebration all United States War Veterans. This is in contrast to Memorial Day (observed the last Monday in May) which is intended to honor America's War Dead.

US Marines - Vietnam

 I bring up this distinction for the simple reason that most people don't know that there is a difference between the intent of the two observances. Again, on Memorial Day we honor our War Dead and on Veterans Day we honor and thank those still living who have served our country. The last part is important to me because I think it is all too rare an occurrence for Americans to consider the freedoms they enjoy and by whom they've been defended and secured.

USAF Missile Crew - Cold War Era

Every one of us exercises a constitutionally protected freedom on a daily basis. We should all be more mindful of the personal commitments and sacrifices that protect them. Thank a Veteran for your liberty today....and thank him every day by showing appreciation for and stewardship of those liberties. 


US Army Soldiers - Afghanistan

1 comment:

  1. I am an artist currently working on a graphite of the picture above of the B-17 Bomber crew, and would like to ask where and when the B-17 World War II bomber Crew pictured above was taken and if you could name them from left to right, back row to front row for me?. Can you tell me if any of these crew are still living, and if so, am I able to get an address to correspond with them? You can contact me at . Thank you, Daniel P Feldhauser