cj Sez: Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. What is the difference between Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day, you ask . . .
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, including those who are still living, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice Day, a day to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. The name and date were fixed by history—the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
The day didn’t become a legal holiday until 1926 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 at the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations.
And in Arizona at precisely 11:11 a.m. on every November 11th, the sun’s rays align to complete the stunning Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona, by shining an solar spotlight through each pillar’s oculus and highlighting a vivid mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States
The monument's five staggered, gleaming, white marble pillars honor the service and sacrifice of members of the nation’s five military branches. The sizes of the pillars correspond to the Department of Defense’s order of precedence: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and finally Coast Guard.
(Veterans Day Info Source: Various sites on Google.)
I live free today because of brave men and women who defended the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. Thank you, veterans, each and every one of you.
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