Thank you, veterans, for your service.

Today is Veterans Day, a holiday set aside specifically to thank and honor veterans for their sacrifices to serve their country.

The holiday that originated in 1918 as Armistice Day in the United States in 1954 officially became Veterans Day to honor all veterans in this country. It is now observed on Nov. 11 each year.

Veterans are people who have served their country through conflict, war and times of peace. They are people who have given up their time with families to serve their country. They are people committed to duty and sacrifice.

A celebration is today at the All Vets Club that pays tribute to veterans and includes the American Legion prisoners of war and missing in action remembrance ceremony. Gulf War and Afghanistan veterans are being recognized and honored.

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Today, men and women are serving their country at home and elsewhere. Service does not take a holiday. Those who serve today are tomorrow’s veterans.

If you have the chance, thank a veteran today for his or her service. This holiday came about as a result of others’ service and sacrifice to their country. It is not something to take for granted.