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Veterans: American patriots

November 11, 2008
The Daily Mining Gazette

Ninety years ago today the Armistice which ended World War I was signed. One year and a day later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first "Armistice Day." In 1926 Armistice Day was moved to Nov. 11, to coincide with the anniversary of its signing.

In 1954, the day set aside to honor those who fought and died in World War I was expanded to include all U.S. veterans, and was renamed Veterans Day.

Today, we not only remember the events of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, but all those who have served and continue to serve in the United States military ... all veterans.

On Veterans Day, it seems only natural to spotlight those who've died in military service or to focus on only those who have seen active duty in times of war.

While it is fitting and proper to honor those who fought and died on the field of battle, and those who were prepared to do so, our gratitude must go farther.

Even though the vast majority of America's veterans have not seen combat, their contribution to our nation's sovereignty and freedom cannot be overstated.

The might of the U.S. military has served as a deterrent to aggression for generations.

Of course the foundation of the U.S. military has always been, and will continue to be, the brave men and women willing to stand in harm's way for their country.

Today as we honor our veterans. Let us remember both those who have died, as well as those who have bled. Let us remember and honor those who have served in times of war. And with equal gratitude let us remember those who served in times of peace, knowing their presence has protected the citizens of the United States and the free world.



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