Friday, November 11, 2005

Thank you, veterans

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To all veterans of the armed forces of the United States, many thanks. You proudly wear the uniform in the preservation of freedom and democracy at home and abroad. Have a blessed Veteran's Day.

November 11 was formerly called Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the Armistice ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all Americans to observe the day, and made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938. In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has since evolved into primarily time for honoring living veterans who have served in the military during war or peacetime, in contrast with Memorial Day, which commemorates the dead.

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