Every November 11th is special because it reminds us to take the time to honor our veterans-the men and women who have so courageously fought for our rights and our safety in this country.
When the economy is bleak, unemployment is still high and education is still on our minds, it can be easy to brush aside how grateful we are to those that have served our country.
Veterans Day dates back to 1918, when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect during World War 1 on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It became known as the end of "the war to end all wars."
Soon after, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day in November 1919. The day didn't become an official holiday until 1938 and was changed to "Veterans Day" in 1954.
America is great because of our veterans. When our country was threatened by foreign powers, they bravely made the ultimate sacrifice and fought to defend America's freedom. They were not hung up on the stock market, the unemployment rate, but rather they suited up to fight. They went to fight for our country, and for others.
Since 1776, more than 43 million Americans have answered the call of duty to protect and serve. They courageously stood ground, through unimaginable conditions, because of the passion and love they had for this country.
The opportunities and liberties we cherish today are due to them, and because of what they have done for us, we are the land of opportunity.
Thank you to all the veterans who have served for us and who have defended us.
Celebrate Veterans Day by Giving Thanks
If you would like to take a second and thank those who are currently serving our country, more specifically those who are serving overseas, you can! Hoosiers have the opportunity to send our service men and women a message with their thoughts and prayers this holiday season.
The fifth annual "Hoosier Cheer for our Heroes" campaign is an initiative started by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. Last year, the campaign collected more than 35,000 holiday wishes for our troops, and with the help of the Indiana National Guard and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), we were able to ship them all to soldiers.
To participate, simply write a note to our troops and let them know how much we appreciate their service to our country. In addition to sending soldiers greeting cards and letters, you can also send a video greeting to our servicemen and women. Email the video's URL link email@example.com.
All cards and letters need to be sent in by Friday, November 19. Videos can be sent in throughout the holiday season. Mail can be sent to the following address or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman
c/o Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes
200 West Washington Street, Suite 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Please do not use the following items when sending cards and letters:
# Multiple cards in one envelope
# Glitter, confetti or other messy art supplies on your cards or letters
# Candy, money or other items