As we approach Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th, please try to make an effort to do something, or say something, special to a veteran on this special holiday. Just buy him or her a cup of coffee if you can, and say thanks.
Recently, Brother Rich O’Malley of Pittsburgh reminded me that this past Sunday, October 23rd, marked the 41st anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Try to remember those that came home, and those that didn’t make it back, in your prayers today.
Finally, AOH Virginia State Vice President and Veterans Chairman Bill Halpin shared this short piece with me that I wanted to take the opportunity to put in front of you, too. It reads as follows:
“On Friday, November 11th, we’ll be celebrating Veterans Day. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson established Armistice Day on the first anniversary of the end World War I. The armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all military veterans. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.”
May God bless you and your families this upcoming holiday season, and may He bring all of our brothers and sisters home safely.
In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity,
AOH National Veterans Affairs Chairman