Head of School’s Letter

Honoring our Veterans

Posted by Joanna on November 7, 2019

Nearly 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as Armistice (truce) Day. The year was 1919, 12 months to the day after fighting stopped between the Germans and the Allied soldiers during WWI on “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Congress later passed a resolution that designated Armistice Day to be remembered “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Armistice Day has been a legal holiday since 1938. In 1954, after WWII and the Korean War, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day.

There are approximately 18.2 million living veterans in the United States today. Each has served in one of the five branches of the United States armed services. It is our honor to recognize those men and women that have served to protect our country and worked to keep peace around the world. It is difficult to put into words the debt of gratitude that we owe to our vets. I want to thank some of the veterans that I know: Bill D., Mary R., Jason R., Joe L., and Brian B. who have served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf Wars. It is in this spirit that we say to them “Thank You” on this Veterans Day, November 11, 2019.

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