Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. In his address to his fellow countryman, President Woodrow Wilson had the following to say:
“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 America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”
As we approach the holiday weekend, we ask that you take a few moments to give thanks for the heroism and personal sacrifices our servicemen and servicewomen have made – and continue to make today. With more than 18.2 million veterans in the United States, VMSI would like to acknowledge their contributions and express our gratitude for their dedication to our nation. This Veterans Day, we salute you!