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In Honor

In 1921, an American soldier – his name “known but to God” – was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. The burial site of this unknown soldier symbolizes dignity and reverence for America’s veterans. Similar ceremonies occurred in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in a place of honor. These events took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the ending of World War I hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”

We celebrate the day now as Veterans Day, as world events have led to the repeated shattering of the peace, calling our nation’s men and women to their duty. From World War I and World War II, to the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and other countries, American soldiers have sacrificed to make our country safer and bring freedom to people around the world.

It is important that we remember those men and women, past and present, who fought and who currently serve. We draw inspiration from their heroism and dedication. Tomorrow, let us recognize the over 25 million living veterans. We owe them our gratitude and our respect.

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Written by Michael

10 Nov 2004 at 954am

Posted in Misc.

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