Thank you, veterans

Today is the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, which for 20 years was known as the War to End All Wars. It is also the day officially set aside to honor America’s military veterans, regardless of the branch of the military they served in, or the time of their service.

It was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that peace was finally declared in Europe. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared the date Armistice Day, and issued a proclamation to commemorate it.

However, as brutal and bloody as the first World War was, we now know it did not mean the end to war. New conflicts arose, and new generations of military men and women answered the calls, some making the ultimate sacrifice for this country. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the annual event to Veterans Day as a means of honoring those from all of the many wars and conflicts who have served this country.

Americans owe veterans of all wars — as well as those who serve when there is no declared war, and those who serve
in noncombat duties — a debt of gratitude for the service they render to keep this country safe and free.

Mesa County residents already displayed that gratitude during a parade in downtown Grand Junction Saturday. But more events are planned for today and into this weekend. They include an 11 a.m. ceremony today at the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial in Fruita, a military ball Friday night at Two Rivers Convention Center, and a concert and silent auction Saturday afternoon at VFW Post 1247 in Grand Junction.

Whether you attend one of those events or choose to recognize veterans individually and in private, take time today, this week and throughout the year to say thank you to veterans for what they have done.


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