Veterans Day thoughts

Published 12:25 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018

If you heard bells peal across the Heart of Virginia Sunday at 11 a.m., anywhere from churches, to government buildings, even on a loved one’s cellphone, it was to mark the 100th year of Armistice Day, when on Nov. 11, 1918, known as the day that allies and Germany formally agreed to end the First World War. The Armistice came into effect at 11 a.m.

The agreement, which was celebrated throughout the world, was celebrated annually in the United States for decades into the mid-1950s. In 1954, the name Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to remember veterans who have fought in conflicts since World War I.

In an address written to U.S. people by Woodrow Wilson in 1919 about Armistice Day, Wilson said, “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

Veterans and their families affected by WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Cold War, the conflict of Desert Storm in 1991, the Iraq War that began in 2003 and numerous others are our neighbors, family members and loved ones.

Numerous events this weekend and Monday around the region reflected respect, gratitude and kindness toward veterans and their families that included assemblies held at schools and visits to classrooms from a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9954 in Victoria.

Perhaps the best thing one can do is to reach out. Contact those who are veterans and thank them, listen to them, and find ways to honor them that are both personal and respectful. To those community organizations that have taken the time and put in the effort to communicate honor and respect, we at The Dispatch thank them.

To all veterans who have sacrificed, served, continue to serve their communities, and have set examples for their family members and friends, we thank you, and we commit to taking care of you and others like you.