To those who have served, our thanks

Today is Veterans Day, one of the few holidays left on the calendar that hasn't fallen prey to over commercialization. The purpose of the day remains true to its original intent -- to thank and honor veterans for their service and sacrifice.

 

That reason was first expressed by President Woodrow Wilson when he proclaimed the first of what was called Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

Wilson was marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The day was meant to celebrate peace, and to honor WWI veterans.

Congress made it a legal holiday in 1938. Over the years, the honoring of all veterans was included, and Congress changed the holiday's name to Veterans Day in 1954.

With Americans -- including many from the Kenai Peninsula -- currently serving in harm's way, and with our area home to many more veterans, let's use today's observances as a reminder not just to thank our veterans today, but to give thanks for their service and sacrifice -- as well as all those who have sacrificed to support them on the homefront -- year-round.

In short: To all those who have served, and all those who have supported their service, we offer our thanks and appreciation.00

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