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Veterans Day

World War I, which was known at the time as “The Great War,” officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, in the Palace of Versailles in France. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into

World War I, which was known at the time as “The Great War,” officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, in the Palace of Versailles in France. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

As always, here are all the ways we should be thanking our veterans, active-duty service men and women and those who have given their lives for our country.

Please remember those who have served that are STILL sacrificing these things on a regular basis because as much as people like to boast patriotism in this country, we still aren’t taking proper care of our veterans.

So, to all the men and women who have served each branch of the military, thank you…

Thank you for sacrificing your time.

Thank you for sacrificing your safety.

Thank you for sacrificing your sleep.

Thank you for sacrificing being there for your children’s birthdays.

Thank you for sacrificing being there for the birth of your children.

Thank you for sacrificing being there for their first steps.

Thank you for sacrificing being there for their first words.

Thank you for sacrificing being there for their proms and graduations.

Thank you for sacrificing your holidays.

Thank you for sacrificing good food.

Thank you for sacrificing a comfortable place to sleep.

Thank you for sacrificing clean clothes.

Thank you for sacrificing hot showers.

Thank you for sacrificing your own physical and emotional wellbeing.

Thank you for sacrificing your life so that I have freedom to live mine.

So many sacrifices, large and small, being made every day — across the state, across the country and across the world — to make my life more comfortable to live.

To all of the men and women who are currently serving or are past service members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. Thank you. It will never be enough, but I hope you know how thankful we are for your service.

Please remember to reach out to the veterans you know and check in. Reach out and be a shoulder and ear, because you never know when both may be needed.

If you are a veteran and you are struggling, please remember, you’re not allowed to quit. Please reach out to your local VA for help. Websites like makeaconnection.net can help point you in the direction for help.

And don’t forget that Webb Weekly and Dolly’s Diner are teaming up to offer a free meal to all veterans at any of the Dolly’s locations until noon on Veterans Day!

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