Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day

I want to take this opportunity to say:


to all of you who have served our great

It is because of you we have the freedoms and
rights that we all enjoy.
So many others around the world have
benefited from you being there to help them as well.

Thanks again for all you did to protect us and preserve
our freedoms!  It is certainly appreciated.

To all the families of our Veterans, thanks to you, too.
You have also given a lot and we are grateful to you as well.

When you go out and about, not only tomorrow or Monday,
but any time, and you see a man or a woman who is in uniform
or you know is a Veteran, take time to say:
“Thanks for Serving Our Country”.
For those of you who are not a Veteran yourself, but you have
relatives or friends that are, would you please help thank them for me.
What they have done is very much appreciated.


Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

P.S.  For those who like history and facts, please take time to read the attachment.

Exactly 100 years ago on November 11th at 11 a.m. “The Great War” ended, that is what we know today as World War I.
While those that would really remember that war are no longer with us,
let us not forget those who have gone before us in all wars and served honorably.




Information On Veterans Day


The first commemoration of what is now Veterans Day was when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day, a day which was to remember all of those who died for our Country in service and with gratitude for victory in World War I.  It was the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended “The Great War” (now known as WWI) on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  It wasn’t until May 13, 1938 that Armistice Day became a legal holiday.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, and on June 1st of that year it became a day “in order that a grateful nation might pay homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed to the preservation of this Nation.”


Some interesting facts:


There are more than 18.5 to 25 million veterans in the United States – the difference in numbers depends on the source where you get your facts.  Of those, 2 million are women.  Veterans make up 6.5% of our population.


There were 16 million who served during World War II.  Today 558,000 of those are still living.


26 of our 44 different Presidents were veterans.  4 Presidents had served in the Revolutionary War and 7 had served in the Civil War.


Currently there are 97 members of Congress that are Veterans.  81 from the House of Representatives and 16 in the Senate.


1/3 of our Supreme Court Judges have been veterans.


And 219 out of 330 astronauts have served our country.


Lastly – remember that Veterans Day does not have an apostrophe, as the day does not belong to Veterans, but it is a day to honor and recognize them.


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