November 5, 2013
Dear Honey Run Guests,
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, 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, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
I was raised in a family who honored veterans and held high regard for those individuals who were willing to risk all they had for the benefit of their country. My life and the freedoms I possess are solely because of the sacrifices made by previous generations paying it forward. Their loss was my gain; to forget this fact would be a sin. My words of gratitude pale to share the respect and honor I feel in my heart as I reflect on the freedoms and life our veterans have bestowed upon us. It is my prayer that you will thank and remember all veterans and active military personnel on Monday as we join the rest of our nation in honoring their sacrifice and hard work.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to the spouses and children who missed out on holidays and special family times, thank you to mothers and fathers who had to do the unimaginable and bury their child, thank you to the young men and women who chose duty over self to protect me and my nation. Your sacrifices are not forgotten.
God Bless you,