A Veteran is a person who fell in love with our country. A Veteran is a person who is willing to lay down their life for our country so we may breathe free and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of our own happiness. A Veteran is a person who does what he/she MUST in spite of consequences, obstacles, pressures and dangers for the best of all humanity. A Veteran is a person who gets emotional when he/she sees our beloved American flag and one who will fight to protect the flag from those who dare to dishonor it. A Veteran – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is a person who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of up to and including his/her own life. That is honor in its highest form. A Veteran is one deserving of our appreciation, love, support and prayers 365 days a year. This is just a small insight as to why we, as a country, celebrate Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day is an official United States public holiday observed on November 11th that honors persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. This national holiday also marks the end of the major hostilities of World War I which formally ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany officially went into effect. In 1926, Congress declared November 11th as Armistice Day. This day became a national holiday by act of Congress in 1938. The United States observed Armistice Day until 1954 when President Dwight D, Eisenhower signed the law which changed the name from Armistice Day and established November 11th each year as Veteran’s Day. World War II veteran Raymond Weeks organized the first National Veteran’s Day ceremony. This ceremony was held in Birmingham, Alabama on November 11, 1947.
We have all heard the phrase – freedom is not free. Following is the price The United States Military has paid for our freedom:
*American Revolution, (1775-1783) – 4,435 casualties
*War of 1812, (1812-1815) – 2,260 casualties
*World War I, (1917-1918) – 116,516 casualties
*World War II, (1941-1945) – 405,399 casualties
*Korean War, (1950-1953) – 36,574 casualties
*Vietnam War, (1964-1975) – 58,220 casualties
*Desert Shield/Desert Storm, (1990-1991) – 383 casualties
*Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom, (October 2001-present day) – 6,775 casualties
The city of Aurora and surrounding cities have contributed to this price of freedom. Visit your Local History and Genealogy Library @ The Depot for stories of our local heroes. If you wish to share your story with us, we have forms available.
Remember our every day freedom is due to the sacrifice of our Veterans and our United State Military. Take a moment to say “THANKS”!