(image via flickr/U.S. Air Force/Josh Pleurer)

(image via flickr/U.S. Air Force/Josh Pleurer)

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday that we celebrate every November 11.

Originally known as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson first honors our Veterans in November 1919 at the end of World War I.

He said,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude…because of the thing from which it has freed us,”

In 1938, President Dwight Eisenhower signed HR 7786 into law, forever changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day, focusing on the contributions of those who have served in the armed forces.

“From Armistice to Veterans, as one Veteran to all, I salute you all! We should honor ourselves for keeping our flag free and secure. We are the courageous men and women who fought and died for the idealism of liberty and freedom for all.” – Richard A. Zelonis, United States Navy “Forever a Veteran”

American freedom and democracy have come at a great price in terms of human sacrifice.

Published by “PBS Newshour,” the following harrowing statistics reflect the extent to which military lives have been lost in service to our country, beginning with the Revolutionary War.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

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