Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
The banks are closed, American flags are proudly displayed on front porches across the country, and school children sing the choruses of patriotic hymns. What is it that makes Veterans Day so special? It is more than a day off work, a discount at the local home-improvement store, or a parade in the city square. Veterans Day is about the 40 million men and women who have served in the military since the birth of our great nation.
Formerly called Armistice Day, November 11 is a day we set aside each year to pay respect to those who have given so much. At its inception, this holiday was marked to remember the ending of the First World War and those who gave their lives in battle. Today, it is a day to remember and pay tribute to American Veterans of all wars. It is a day to honor those who have done heroic deeds, to revere those who have sacrificed so much, and to mourn those who gave their lives in the ultimate act of service. On Veterans Day, we salute the patriotism, dedication, and perseverance of the men and women who have and continue to serve in the US military.