– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
But why is November 11 Veterans Day?
According to history.com: “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.”
In 1938, November 11 became a legal federal holiday in the U.S. Then after World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day.
Because of courageous men like my grandfather, dad, and father-in-law, we are a free nation today. And freedom comes at a high price; it’s not guaranteed for tomorrow.I’m reminded of a quote by Dwight Eisenhower, “In the final choice a soldier’s pack is not so heavy as a prisoner’s chains.”
A courageous hero, and one of the most interesting people I have ever met, was Retired Lt. Colonel Roy Kaden. He flew a top secret mission in the 1950s, and his family did not know about this until 50 years later (Just Another Day for an American Hero).
How often do we pass heroes like Lt. Colonel Kaden on the streets or sidewalks, and don’t even know it?
Today may we pause to honor those who have protected our freedom. You may want to thank a loved one who has served in the military … or encourage your child or grandchild to interview a family member who was in the Armed Services.
And when we thank a veteran today, we may want to not only ask them about the facts of their service, but also about how being in the military has affected how they value freedom,
What does Veterans Day mean to you?
© 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.