Today our nation honors those men and women who have faithfully served our country in the armed forces. Many of these veterans volunteered for service, others were drafted, all deserve our gratitude and recognition. What is the history of this day of recognition?
President Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States when World War I ended on November 11, 1918. One year later, Wilson proclaimed the recognition of “Armistice Day” with these words: "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 the nations...”
On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution establishing Veterans Day as a national holiday. November 11th was the date chosen for this holiday, remembering that this day in 1918, “...marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed.”
Today, November 11, 2018, exactly 100 years since the ending of World War I, we recognize and honor those who have served this great nation. We remember those who have given their lives for freedom. We remember. And while the reality of war continues to exist in this world, our prayer is that of the Prophet Isaiah:
“... they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4).