Today is Veterans Day and since many folks in the emergency management and public safety fields, it seems like it’s a good opportunity to say “thanks” to our veterans.
Veterans Day started out as “Armistice Day” to celebrate the end of World War I, which formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It was originally intended to honor the veterans of that great war. The date was declared Veterans Day by President Eisenhower in 1954, although Birmingham, AL claims to have started the movement to rename it “Veterans Day” in 1947 and Raymond Weeks of Birmingham was recognized by President Reagan as the driving force for both renaming it and changing it to honor all veterans.
Here are some of the ways you can thank a vet today. And if you’re a fan of StoryCorps, this special is worth a listen.
We appreciate our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made and we add our thanks to the chorus of voices that are singing the praises of all the men and women who have served our country so well.