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Veterans Day Salute

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Today our flag flies not at half-staff, rather tall and proud, in honor of our veterans. Today is Veteran¹s Day.

Very simply stated, Veteran’s Day is the day we set aside to thank and honor living veterans who honorably served in the military, whether during peacetime or wartime.

Regardless of one’s political views or opinions, our veterans deserve to be honored and thanked for the never-ending job they do. The men and women of the armed services are serving the United States of America because they chose this noble task. They choose to protect the interests of all Americans, regardless of each individual’s choice to serve or not, each individual’s opinions and political views so that we can continue to have the right to hold those views, opinions and choices.

This week, our nation pays tribute to those veterans, who have risked their lives for our freedom, over 25 million veterans who have worn or still wear the uniform of the United States of America.

Through the generations, they have humbled dictators and liberated continents and set a standard of courage and idealism for the entire world.

   While we also remember those who left our shores in that great tradition of serving our nation, never to return again to be thanked, we set aside Memorial Day to honor those veterans.

I want to personally thank my family members and friends for their service and sacrifice;  My dad, Jerry Bray United States Army, my cousins Don Hicks, US Army, John Klix, US Navy, Daryl King, US Air Force, Brent Fullerton, US Army.  My friends: Steve Bisard and Ray Putnam, United States Marine Corps, Joseph DeBoe US Army, Chris Price, US Army Rangers and those currently serving; my cousins Patrick Klix and Ryan Klix US Navy, friends Stephen Mayville and Gregg Shafer US Army.

History of Veterans Day

The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act, approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

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