In honor of Veterans Day, I've included some info on the history of it (straight from an old World Book encyclopedia) and a tribute to some of the veterans I've known personally, who have served and fought, and one who has given his life for our freedom. Thank you to all who have served, or or serving now.My dad, Jay, who served in the navy during WWII. He just celebrated his 84th birthday last week. When he was born, he was given the name J.C., yes, only initials, which was common in the South at that time. When he went in the service, he had to come up with a name, and he chose Jay. It made it easy!
Not a great photo, I didn't have the original, only this newspaper article, but it's my cousin Marlin, who was one of the few killed in Grenada. Although his family moved to Arkansas before his death, he actually went to school right here in our town, and his name is on a memorial here.
My Uncle Vic, a humble man, and a Purple Heart recipient, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He came home to become a teacher of developmentally disabled kids, and after he retired, he went to Brazil as a teacher to missionary kids. He is now 85, living in Washington, and still an encouragement to me in my homeschooling endeavor.And last but not certainly not least, this is my nephew Jordan and his son Jay, named after my dad, along with me. Jordan is currently serving in the Marines, and just returned from Afghanistan this week.
Veterans Day: commemorates the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States armed services. It is celebrated on November 11. Other countries, such as Great Britain and France, celebrate November 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of fighting in World War I on Nov.11, 1918. Canada observes Remembrance Day on November 11.
Veterans Day celebrations in the U.S. include parades and speeches. Special services are held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. A law adopted in 1938 made the day a federal holiday. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all United States veterans.
Thank you for our freedom!