I hope each of you had a great Veteran's Day. As a military family, this day is one that we celebrate with love and quiet contemplation as we recall the many service members and their families who have passed through out lives as we continue on this journey. My husband, an uncle and three grandfathers served in the United State military in the Army, Navy and Marines and our lives have been blessed with many service members as close friends. We are honored to have so many selfless examples of service in our lives.
America calls them heroes, veterans, defenders of freedom and warriors and mark this day to honor them. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day but the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.
Today Lil Monkey celebrated his first Veteran's Day in a school ceremony and we couldn't be more proud of him. I am honored and blessed to share with him the legacies of the families members who served.
To the Veterans we want to thank you for your sacrifice. You hold our freedom, liberties and future in your hands. We salute you answering the call to protect us.