Saturday is the official Veterans Day celebration but it is observed today. Beginning as Armistice Day, a cease fire was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November 11 at 11 o’clock A.M.) this day commemorates all those who have served in the military. This is a time to be especially grateful to those who sacrificed their lives in service to America.
A service is held annually at Arlington National Cemetery where a wreath is laid on the grave of The Unknown Soldier. This ceremony occurs at 11:00 A.M. to coincide with the original cease fire from World War One.
This is a tribute to men and women who have served in the armed forces. Armistice Day became official in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it such but was not a national holiday until later in 1938. The name was changed to Veteran’s Day and its meaning extended to all veterans in 1954. The day is celebrated with parades and gatherings as well as closing of non-essential government offices and schools.
Please join us in taking time today to express your gratitude for those who have defended our freedom over the history of our great country. We owe a large debt to these men and women who have and continue to look out for our safety throughout the world.
Les Merritt, CPA, and his staff thank you for pausing today to honor these brave persons. Remember that part of your taxes safeguard our nation. Thank you, veterans for your generous service.