This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service, and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.  However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

We see young and old service members and veterans — They are our grandchildren, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, grandparents, friends and neighbors — and we can’t begin to fathom what they’ve been through in the name of our freedom. The depth of experiences is vast, and the appreciation we have for them on all days, but especially this day, is deep.

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

~ Douglas MacArthur

Today, we take the charge of Veterans Day to heart and mark the day with celebration, honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

To all our military service men and women, whether active, retired, deployed or at home, you have our utmost respect, admiration and appreciation. The courage and strength that you all exude are qualities which deserve only our highest gratitude.

We cannot thank you enough for what you have done, and what you continue to do for this great country.

Happy Veterans Day

~ GFA International