The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Today is Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor America’s military veterans for their service, their patriotism and the sacrifices they have made to protect our nation and preserve our freedoms.

Formerly known as Armistice Day, the Veterans Day celebration falls on November 11 for a very profound reason. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice went into effect that ended stopped the fighting between allied nations and Germany, ending World War I.

That war was regarded as “the war to end all wars.” If only that were true. So many years and so many conflicts later, members of our military are still making sacrifices to “preserve, protect and defend” the freedoms and opportunities we cherish. Each of us in some way is connected to someone in military service; fathers, mothers, siblings, co-workers, neighbors, clergy, family and friends. Let’s all make a special effort to say thanks on this day.

And as we say thanks, it’s important to remember the words of John F. Kennedy – “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Happy Veterans Day

Posted by MJ Thomas

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