To the editor:
Veterans Day is a day in which we honor all our veterans. Veterans day is special for VFW members. Unlike Memorial Day, it is a time to remember all veterans, both living and dead, and their sacrifices. It should not be a day of sadness, but a time of pride and reflection on what veterans have accomplished and the freedoms they have protected.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day which goes back to the end of World War I. This was an observance and anniversary of the end of WWI. Following the Korean War, President Eisenhower signed a bill expanding Armistice Day to honor all veterans. Congress then passed a law in 1968 that changed the date to the fourth Monday in October.
This was then changed to Nov. 11 in the year 1978 and Nov. 11 is now celebrated as Veterans Day. It is the motto of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honoring the dead by helping the living. We should all be thankful to the sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed Forces and they should be remembered on veterans Day. We as a nation should not forget.
So on Veterans Day, remember to be proud of our veterans and those now serving in the Armed Forces. Fly your flags proudly on this day and remember. Remember those who have died before us so we can enjoy those freedoms we have now. Without their sacrifice, can you imagine what it would be like to live in this country? This is the greatest country in the world.
In many countries all around the world, they do not enjoy the freedoms that American citizens have. As a veteran who has served in Germany, Korea, and in the Persian Gulf War, known as Desert Storm 1990-1991, and a member of the Army National Guard here in Marshall, I am proud to have served and still serving this great country of ours.
So on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2008, take a minute and take the time to thank a veteran, fly that flag with dignity. That veteran might be your father, mother, cousin, son or daughter. It could be your neighbor, it could be anybody in your community. All I am asking of the community is remember and give credit to the veterans who have given their all so we as a community and a country can remain a democracy.
Wayne R. Heiselman
Veterans of Foreign Wars-Marshall-Mongeau-Tholen Post 742
Senior Vice Commander 3rd District
May God Bless America!!!