John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
World War I, known at the time as “The Great War,” officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. Seven months earlier, however, fighting ceased when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following 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…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day when parades and public meetings, as well as a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. were observed.
Subsequent to World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day was renamed when President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation renaming the holiday to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans.
The Veteran’s Administration projects there are approximately 22,000,000 living veterans as of September 30, 2015. We have a number of veterans in our church and they will be recognized on November 8 and 11. One of our veterans has earned the Bronze Star with Valor. Another veteran earned two Purple Hearts. Another has been awarded the Legion of Merit.
All of us, whether veterans or not, have the responsibility to honor God and be thankful for the country in which He has placed us.
~submitted by Dwight McEntire