As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy
From timeanddate.com we learned that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect that ended World War I. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. World War II however required the largest mobilization of service personnel in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever and whenever they had served and it is in this spirit that we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the brave men, women, and their families who have served and continue to serve; we honor and thank you.