To all who have served, our thanks

Today is Veterans’ Day, a time set aside each year 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.

More

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:28

Voices of the Peninsula: Can Hilcorp regain trust with Cook Inlet pipeline?

Moving oil is a risky business, especially across Cook Inlet’s notoriously rough waters. But who assumes the risk? And if it’s Alaskans who depend on... Read more

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:28

Op-ed: The hypocritic oath

Primum non nocere. That’s Latin, folks, for “First, do no harm.” It’s actually not in the physician’s traditional Hippocratic Oath, which is Greek anyway. That’s... Read more

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:28

What others say: Oregon counties assert authority over federal lands

People who supported the aims but not the tactics of last year’s armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge think they’ve found a way... Read more

Op-ed: The Museum of the Bible is more than a museum

The Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C., last weekend, and not a moment too soon for a city (and nation) plagued by scandal.... Read more