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.