Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our ending gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifice.
– President Harry S. Truman
Veterans Day is an official United States Federal holiday, observed annually on November 11. Its purpose is to honor military veterans; persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. This Veterans Day, consider showing veterans extra appreciation. Proudly display the flag in salute to those who have protected our freedom. Attend a Veterans Day event and ask a veteran about their service. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who have died in their service to our country.
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”
The Spectator salutes all of the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, both present and past. Thank you for your unselfish and sacrificial service in the spirit of FREEDOM! We wish you and your families a day of peace, good health and prosperity.