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Honoring Our Troops, Past and Present

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The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists would like to wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day. I think most of us either know of someone who served or is serving in the armed forces, or someone who has been affected by or lived through a war.

What’s the history behind Veterans Day? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 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.

The USO has a great program running called “Thanks from Everywhere.” The goal is get citizens from around the country to send a personalized message of thanks and support to our troops. I did it just a few minutes ago, and it’s simple and doesn’t take much time at all.

Click here to send your thanks from wherever you are.

Personally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my two grandfathers Joseph and Peter — WWII veterans — as well as my close friends Jerry, who served in Iraq, and Adam who was stationed in Africa, for their service and dedication to our country.

Is there a family member or a friend you’d like to thank or remember on this Veterans Day? Just leave us a comment and share your thanks and appreciation.


Written by traumalines

November 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

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  1. […] the days leading up to today, Veterans Day, I have read a lot of criticism of how the United States “supports” their […]

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