Speak MY Piece: Veterans Day

A member of the Patriot Guard Riders holds an American flag outside West Salem High School in Salem, Ore., May 5. (Photo by Spc. Matthew J. Burnettt)

Today is a national holiday honoring American military veterans who served our nation in the cause of freedom. It is a day to honor the veterans of all our nation’s wars for their personal sacrifice, courage and boundless duty in defending the cause of freedom around the world. This is a national holiday and a national celebration of their service.

We know our veterans, men and women, faced danger and possible death, because they believed they were fighting for a just cause – freedom and liberty. We thank them for that every day.

Older generations will recall Veterans Day was once Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. The name held until 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially re-named it Veterans Day.

If history records the official end of World War I as June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles why November 11. We also know that fighting actually stopped seven months earlier when an armistice, or the temporary halt to hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect.

Notably it was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; thus, Nov. 11, 1918 was the accepted date of the end of the war to end all wars.

On this day, Nov. 11, 2019, we again salute all our veterans — with grateful hearts.