Why do we celebrate Veterans Day?  This question seems to come up often, when people talk about the different holidays pertaining to the Armed Forces. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all former U.S. military members, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service, and Armed Forces Day honors those who are currently serving in the U.S. military.

Veterans Day became a national holiday in 1936.  One way to remember when Veterans Day is celebrated is to remember that the WWI armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

On Veterans Day, we honor every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of our country,  stepped forward and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws of this great nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Veterans Day is a day to honor those who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans.  We use this day to show our appreciation for all members of our Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Space Force that have proudly served.

For our veterans that have come home, many still suffer the effects of war, whether physical or emotional.  All who have served have missed important events in their lives.  They have served proudly and for the future of  all Americans, regardless of race, gender, etc.  We must never forget their selfless service and sacrifice.  We salute the spirit of the American Service Members and we honor the sacrifices of those who fulfilled their obligations and now proudly call themselves American Veterans.

To all of our fellow veterans, thank you. God bless you, and your families for the sacrifices that have been made.  May this Veterans Day bring you joy in the freedoms our country enjoys each and every day.