It all began on Nov. 11, 1918, and was originally known as Armistice Day. It was the celebration of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars.
Sadly, the war to end all wars was not the last for the United States. Americans have been involved in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq since that Armistice Day long ago.
Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
In recent years the holiday has gained new momentum as Americans have scrambled to laud our World War II veterans, who are passing away at the rate of 1,000 per day. In recent years we have been impressed with the number of organizations and schools holding events to honor our vets.
Breakfasts, assemblies and concerts in honor of veterans are planned in school districts throughout the county today.
Today as we honor those who fought to ensure the freedoms we Americans hold so dear, let us also pay tribute to those who continue to endanger and give their lives to protect the freedoms we hold so dear in this county.