Hey Compass fans,
Today is a day where we acknowledge and honor those who have served and sacrificed for us. We offer our heartfelt thanks today (and every day) to the soldiers who put our freedom above all else and fought for our rights.
A quick history of how Veteran’s Day came to be a proud, nationwide holiday is below. Just reading a little bit of the history helps me to gain an even greater appreciation of the soldiers- in the past and now. We as civilians go about our daily lives, not realizing there are veterans everywhere- from the older man on the corner, to the young man home from tour. A simple thank you as you pass reminds them they served for a purpose, and that they are appreciated.
“In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
The Compass team recognizes our veteran’s service and valor- we honor and thank you for all that you have done for us.
The Compass Team