Honor and gratitude are words that come to mind when considering the meaning of Veterans Day. We honor our veterans for their bravery, and thank them for the sacrifices they made to ensure our freedom. In recent years, though, our Veterans Day remembrances have often tended toward the somber, as we note the issues that plague many in the wake of the longest war in American history.
Today, as I take the opportunity to look back on the history of the holiday, it seems important to remember our need to celebrate as well.
Veterans Day was originally “Armistice Day,” named after the agreement to lay down arms, signed on November 11, 1918 by the Allies and Germany, to end WWI.
Unfortunately, more conflicts followed. In 1954, the U.S. Congress renamed the holiday to honor all American veterans who have served, whether in times of war or to keep the peace. Today, we continue that tradition by thanking veterans for their service and sacrifice, and celebrating their courage and heroism.
Let’s also continue the tradition of celebration, remembering the historic significance of November 11th – a day to proclaim the freedom, peace, and hope we enjoy.
Telos CEO John Wood blogs about business, education, and the values that guide us.