Honoring veterans is one thing we can all agree on


Honoring veterans is one thing we can all agree on

For four years the Federal observance of Veterans Day was held on the fourth Monday in October, until in 1975, responding to popular support across the country, legislation passed to return the Federal observance to November 11.

With this knowledge, the 83rd Congress, on June 1, 1954, amended the act of 1938 recognizing November 11 as a day to honor American veterans of all wars, striking the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans”.

Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive.

Veterans Day honors all who have worn the uniform of one or more of the military branches. A third of those fought in Vietnam while a slightly lesser amount served in the Gulf War.

Veterans Day is an important reminder for all of us to take a moment to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

There are approximately 21 million living veterans in the United States. It is a time to recognize all those who have given service in the military. The problem is that half of those veterans are 65 and older.

The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause and with help from U.S. Representative Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill was pushed through Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law May 26, 1954. With approximately 1700 names of local veterans, dating back to the Civil War and through to the present, it is a tangible way to see how many veterans, right here, we have to thank for their service.

On Saturday, all Americans will have the privilege to show their love for this great country we live in: America. They all were awe-inspiring.

In the Tri-State Area, there is hardly a community, large or small, that doesn’t have family members, friends, or neighbors now in one of the branches of military service.

The personal-finance website WalletHub did its usual splendid job breaking down some of the data concerning military veterans, the latest being identifying the best places in America for veterans to retire.

How many of us have recognized that from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, immigrants have made significant contributions to the United States by serving in our military forces? You may not be able to go out and meet up with veterans, but phone calls and simple notes to these organizations thanking veterans for their service will go a long way, whether it is done this weekend or some other time soon.


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