Each year, November 11th symbolizes the end of what was called the war to end all wars. World War I guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Since that day, we have celebrated Veterans’ Day in remembrance of those who fought tyranny and oppression in the past and those who will fight for our liberties in the future.
First called Armistice Day, the occasion was later renamed Veterans’ Day. According to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Armistice Day later became Veterans Day, “…in order that a grateful nation might pay homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed to the preservation of this Nation…”
And this month, we are indeed grateful.
We should especially honor the many veterans that live right here in Indiana. Of the nearly 27 million U.S. veterans, more than half a million proudly call themselves Hoosiers. These men and women are an important link to our past.
We encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to talk to these veterans and ask them to share their stories. History is an extremely important part of our country, and inside the minds of these veterans lie countless tales and bits of wisdom which have not been committed to paper.
We must remember not only the veterans who have long since passed on, but also the ones who continue to serve and who are currently defending our nation and our values.
Say a special prayer for our brave men and women who are fighting the war on terrorism as we speak. They are heroes in the making.