Veterans Day

For those who choose to serve their Dash in service of our country, we offer our most heartfelt gratitude. There are no words big enough to acknowledge the sacrifices you’ve made to defend honor and maintain peace. Godspeed to all those currently serving in American and around the world. May you return home safely to family and loved ones. For all you’ve done, thank you.

Following is more information about Veterans Day from MilitaryBenefits.info

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th, of the 11th month).

On May 13th, 1938 Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday each year. A day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War.

On November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to recognize veterans of all wars.

This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all U.S. wars.

Anthem Veterans Memorial: A Unique Place to Visit on Veterans Day

The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona has five pillars that represent the five branches of the United States military.  They are staggered in size and the military seal placements on each pillar are based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard.

On Veterans Day as at precisely 11:11 AM on Veterans Day, November 11th, the sun’s rays will pass through each of the five pillars’ elliptical openings to illuminate a glass mosaic medallion of the Great Seal of the United States.

Photo of Anthem Veterans Memorial by Evan D. Baltz, Wikipedia. All rights reserved 2013. photos@view2az.com

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