Veteran’s Day, our nation’s official celebration to honor and thank America’s veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good, traces its origins back to the final days of World War I — November 11, 1918, to be precise. That was the day when hostilities on the Western Front ceased. One year later, in 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Then, in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11th as Veteran’s Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
At Siegfried & Jensen, we are mindful of and thankful for the millions of service men and women who have served and continue to serve. They are our sons, daughters, parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, neighbors, and co-workers.
We encourage you to check out the Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ information about ways to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice.
One of the most personal and meaningful actions you can take this (or any week) is to send a note or card to hospitalized veterans or those living in veterans’ homes. According to the VA, addresses for state veterans’ homes and VA medical centers can be found in the blue government pages of the telephone book or via the search box the VA website.
(FYI — Envelopes sent to VA medical centers should be addressed to “Voluntary Service Director” and those sent to Veterans homes should be addressed to “Administrator.”)
For more information about Veteran’s Day and way to thank our servicemen and women, check out the VA’s Veteran’s Day Teacher Resource Guide.