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11/10/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Veterans should be honored every day
The Daily Courier

"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 to America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

With these words, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first observance of Armistice Day in 1919 in recognition of the Nov. 11, 1918, end of World War War I, "the war to end all wars."

We know what was believed at the time to be "The Great War" was not "the war to end all wars." Indeed, peace has eluded the world in all the wars that have come since: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the war on terror that will never end.

Because of a man named Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Ala., Armistice Day eventually became Veterans Day. In 1947, he organized a Veterans Day parade to honor all American veterans for their service to their country, and not long after, Kansas Congressman Edward H. Rees introduced a bill to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans who have served their country in all wars.

A few years later, in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, which is always celebrated on the day of the week it falls.

We should not confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day in May, when we pay homage to our American armed forces who have fallen in war.

Rather, today, we pay tribute to all of this country's men and women of the past and present who have served or serve now in the American military, protecting the freedoms we cherish.

Their sacrifice - and that of their families - deserves our deepest gratitude and respect, so much so that we should take a moment of our time each and every day of the year to think of them and thank them for their commitment to their country and to us, their fellow Americans.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Veterans ARE HONORED Every Day

We support this group like no other - there are no less than 12 government programs that are specific to Veterans. We have TOO much veteran support in our area to the point that we are attracting the indigent and homeless. Where there's a handout there's a LINE.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: R J

To Phil: "My country.....right or wrong" I don't buy that nonsense. Acting like blind lemmings lets the politicians do as they please without any accountability whatsoever. Our dedicated soldiers suffer as a result. That is my point, Phil. Nationalism is the problem.......just like it was in Germany in 1932.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: It's all about the money!! !!

Folks it is all about the money. Come on you can't believe that ROVE, and Koch crap anymore. We go into other countries to protect or create corporate interests. We spend more money on our military then the 2nd-15th nations. Or to put it better... The US spends more than 50% of all money spent on world wide military's. Those numbers demand payback and use. I'm all for protection but at some time you have to wonder what is wagging the dog.

So what is so confusing is how the party of Norquist can not vote for veterans (jobs bill to mention at least one) yet still be known as the party of the military.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Whitehead

To: R J...
Whatever your feelings are on the reasons for conflict or involvement of our service people, they were FOLLOWING ORDERS. And, Honorably, I might add, no matter what the conflict, or wherever it took place. I suggest you try reading up on the concept. For the record, you are not so well informed, but because of those of us who took The Oath, you have the right to voice your opinion, correct, or otherwise. In this case, otherwise...

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: R J

Not one war since WW II had anything to do with protecting America's freedom. They have all been either to force our will on other countries, usually to continue exploiting their resources, much like the Romans did, or illegally meddling in the affairs of other countries, i.e., ill-fated domino theories. Soldiers deserve more than being used as pawns for mis-guided politicians.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Wow Tom Steele!! !!


Are you feeling alright? The party of Norquist has expressly come out against any decrease in military spending and activity! You are advocating savings from less military adventurism. Slick Mitt said increase military spending. Are you differing with the big white boys party? You better watch out or Fat Rush is going to call you out!!

Are you sure this is real the Tom Steele?

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: No More Drafties

Today, our military is made up of volunteers NOT drafties who were forced to serve. WW11 had to be the most lasting of these wars and toughest. We'd all be speaking German if not for our soldiers who fought and gave their lives. Today, the younger generation doesn't have a "draft" but seems there should be a two year program to serve our country. This would make for a more responsible adult who could also receive an education and have some pride in their life instead of sitting in front of a computer and getting in trouble.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Tom Steele

How many years did you serve in the military? Oh that's right zero, you were busy in college while others served.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: the wino

washington,d.c. has a strong obligation to STAND-UP to the promises made at the time of enlistment!!!!! GET-UR-DONE.

PS: SENATOR JOHN McCAIN needs to do his job or get out of politics--YOU-THINK?

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

And we could honor all service members by limiting our foreign adventures to congressional approval. In addition, we should take the age eligible members children of federal elected officials before volunteers or draftees. That should severely limit our going to war. Then require the pentagon to begin the immediate withdrawal of our military personnel from throughout North Africa and the Middle East. All should be out by Christmas 2013. Then take some of the money saved and really take care of discharged personnel, particularly those severely wounded so they may have as productive lives as possible.

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