(315/365) “Veterans, thank you for bravely doing what you were called to do so that we can safely do what we’re free to do.” – Unknown
One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the treaty was signed to end the First World War. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to pay homage to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who gave their lives in service of their country. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all service men and women.
One day is never enough to thank these American heroes for their bravery and their dedication to defending our freedom. Everyday when I proudly stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I thank them with all my heart and I think about my dad. I am humbled by the courage it must have taken to enlist in the Navy when he was only seventeen years old, to leave his family, and to travel around the world to defend our freedom on the USS Salt Lake City during World War II.
Last year, the Brink family took my dad's dog tags along on Paul's Honor Flight. I always wished my dad could have had that experience and I'm so grateful to them for sharing their day with us!