The Joint Service Color Guard advances the colors during the retirement ceremony of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton, at Fort Myer, Virginia, on October 2, 2001. Dept. of Defense photo by Helene C. Stikkel.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The end of the war happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, so that’s why November 11 was chosen. Accordingly, November 11, 1918, was considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and in 1938 it became an official holiday. But then World War II and the Korean War happened. So on June 1, 1954, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “ARMISTICE” to “VETERANS” in order to honor American veterans of all wars, whether they are living or dead.

I’d like to share a short poem by Joanna Fuchs, she says it so well.

The Best on Earth:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title “veteran,” and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans–the very best on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

So please take a moment to say a prayer for all of those who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. Always THANK A VETERAN; it just doesn’t have to be today. When you see someone in a uniform tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifices to protect our Freedoms here in America. Give them a smile and say, “Thanks for what you’re doing to keep us safe in the USA!”

With Grateful Hugs,


© Senkarik 2022

One Response to “THANK YOU to our VETERANS!”

  1. Norman Sassner Says:

    Thank you, Mikkelsen, appreciate you

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