Written by: Rachel Boone MSW, LSW
Today is a day for honoring the sacrifices that those who have served in the military have made. It is often easy to forget the cost of the freedoms we have in America. From freedom of speech to the right to vote, none of these things would be possible without Veterans. Today we acknowledge this fact. Veterans give so much more than words can ever express, as do their families.
Photo Credit: SGT JANE E. RACKLEY | Credit: The U.S. National Archives
Veterans Day originated on November 11th because World War I ended on November 11, 1918 and was originally known as Armistice Day. In 1926, Armistice Day was officially recognized through a congressional resolution. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially proclaimed November 11th as Veterans Day.
“The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays “taps.” The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.” (Celebrating America’s Freedoms).
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The South Bend Empowerment Zone would like to express its deepest gratitude and appreciation to all those who have served and are currently serving. We acknowledge that the sacrifices made can never be repaid.
To Veteran Families, thank you for the sacrifices you have also made. To those who have not served and who have not had a loved one serve, please take a moment to thank a Veteran for their service and acknowledge all they have done for us.