Showing appreciation for those who have served

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tomorrow, citizens nationwide will observe Veterans Day, a day dedicated to honoring those who have served in the United States military.

The public holiday began as a day to remember the end of World War I and was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday became Veterans Day in 1954.

When Wilson declared Nov. 11 a holiday, the primary intention was to have a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought in the First Great War. On Nov. 11, 1918, Germany signed an armistice with the Allies at 11 a.m., signaling the end of the war.

Today, many Americans observe the day by attending ceremonies and parades dedicated to honoring troops in the United States military for their service. Services are often held that allow veterans to speak about their time in the service and give Americans the opportunity to personally thank veterans for their service.

Veterans Day is an important holiday. It represents the country’s love and support for its men and women who sacrifice everything for the ideals and principles the country lives by and was founded on.

Today at 11 a.m., the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit No. 15 will host a Veterans Day service at Veterans Park in Washington. Other organizations that will aid in hosting the service include Daughters of the American Revolution Major Reading Blount Chapter, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other representatives of American Legion posts. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be hosted at Red Men’s Lodge. The public is invited to attend and should.

Showing support for those who keep the country free and safe from foreign threats is an important part of Veterans Day. And if one is unable to attend an actual service, take the time to approach a veteran or multiple veterans and personally thank them for their service.