November welcomes the month of gratitude and the beginning of the holiday season. Let’s not jump to the end of this month without acknowledging and celebrating tomorrow’s important American holiday — Veterans Day.
Veterans Day means freedom, sacrifice and honor for those who served in the military. It also means to thank the people who have served.
I would wager many Americans do not know the history of Veterans Day, which honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive— although it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.
Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the U.S. in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Learn more at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NSRI and the University of Nebraska are blessed with many veterans and their families who have served and sacrificed for this great country.
Therefore, on this real first holiday of gratitude in November, I’d like to extend my thanks to the veterans who have served and sacrificed for the freedoms we all enjoy today and into the distant future.
To the NSRI veterans — Rick, Paul, Wes, Kevin, Dillan, Rick, Jake, Emmanuel, Jim, Chris, Josh, Mike, Dan, Marty, Michelle, Jim, John, Neal — through your determination and continued purpose to protect those who protect us all, the National Strategic Research Institute delivers. Thank you.
And to the reader who has taken the time to read this column today, please go out of your way today to thank a veteran — even at a distance, your gratitude will certainly be appreciated.