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U.S. is grateful to veterans


It’s Veterans Day today, a day set aside to honor those who have served our country. Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice.

Before there was Veterans Day there was Armistice Day. Armistice Day marked the cessation of hostilities in World War I, on the 11th hour of Nov. 11, 1918. The first Armistice Day was on Nov. 11, 1919. It became a legal holiday in 1938.

It wasn’t until 1954, at the urging of national veterans groups, that the 1938 act establishing Armistice Day was amended by removing the word “Armistice” and replacing it with “Veterans” and establishing the first Veterans Day.

Veterans Day and its predecessor were established to honor the men and women who served in the armed forces during times of conflict. There was a time when “times of conflict” meant war. Since the Korean War, there have been fewer times when the word “war” was officially used to describe conflicts involving the use of U.S. armed forces.

Today, the holiday is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good,” according to the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The All Vets Club in Jamestown is hosting activities for veterans today on this holiday, from meals to music and a banquet. It’s an opportunity for the public to thank them for their service.

But thank you doesn’t have to be restricted to a holiday. Veterans can be thanked any day for what they’ve done for our country.

We’re a grateful country for the men and women who served and serve in our armed forces. It is because of them that we enjoy our freedoms. Without the service of veterans, our lives could be very different.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board.