On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.”
Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
While we find it hard to agree with each other, and most times at least half of us disagree with our government, let’s not forget that it’s the sacrifice of the young men and women in uniform that have given us the ability to disagree with each other and those in charge, in public. Think about that for a moment with what’s going on in other parts of the world.
We may sometimes take our freedoms for granted but let’s never make that mistake with those who protect those freedoms everyday.
On this Veterans Day let’s all remember that the only reason we are able to live in The Land of the Free is because of the daily sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform.
David J. Seibel is founder and Managing Partner of AGS Aurora Financial Services LLC (www.agsaurora.com), an independent financial advisory firm in Matawan, New Jersey. You may contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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