Honoring those who served on Veterans Day

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On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the country commemorating the first Armistice Day.  The date initially recognized the anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the guns finally fell silent to end the “War to End All Wars”.  In 1938, Congress designated November 11th as a legal holiday known as Armistice Day.  The following year, Germany invaded Poland, starting WWII.  For the United States, this was followed by major conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as a number of other military operations around the world.  Along the way, in 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, making it an observance honoring those who have served in the Armed Forces.

The millions of brave women and men who have served in uniform and defended our Country put their lives on the line to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Since July, 1973, every one of them has volunteered to serve our great Nation.  These great Americans vary in age, gender, ethnicity, economic background, religion, national origin, and every other conceivable category.  But all have one thing in common:  they selflessly joined the military to fight for their country, asking for nothing in return.  Many of them have sacrificed their lives, limbs, mobility, health, and precious time with their families in their service to their Country.

As a supporter of Homes For Our Troops, YOU are making a difference for the Veterans who have been severely injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war.  Your efforts help us restore some of the freedom and independence these Veterans have sacrificed while defending our freedoms.  Because of you, Homes For Our Troops has been able to build and donate over 310 specially adapted custom homes for these severely injured Veterans.

Please take time today to thank a Veteran. Their patriotism and valor are the reason we enjoy the freedoms we have today. To all of you Veterans out there, I salute YOU for your service and sacrifice.

Happy Veterans Day.

Sincerely,

Bill Ivey
Executive Director
Homes For Our Troops

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