Honoring Veterans Day

It all began on Nov. 11, 1918 and was originally known as Armistice Day. At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 the armistice ending World War I was signed. The day later became a holiday to not only celebrate the end of World War I– then known as the war to end all wars — but also to remember deceased veterans and honor the living for their sacrifices in service to our nation.

Sadly, the war to end all wars was not the last for the United States, or for the rest of the world. Americans have been involved in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq since that Armistice Day long ago.

Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later.

On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

In recent years the holiday has gained new momentum as Americans have scrambled to laud our World War II veterans, who are passing away at the rate of 372 per day with only 620,000 remaining, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We have been impressed with the number of organizations and schools holding events to honor our vets in recent years. This year is no different. On Friday many of our Columbiana County schools hosted breakfasts or assemblies to honor our veterans. Several others will hold events on Monday.

The city of East Liverpool will have the traditional Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. today beginning on Fifth Street.

Middleton Township Trustees will hold Veterans Day ceremonies at noon today at the veterans memorial in Negley. Guest speaker will be Pastor Cindy Figley of the Negley United Methodist Church, and the East Palestine American Legion will conduct the ceremonies.

As we pause today, which is the official Veterans Day, to honor those who served to ensure the freedoms we Americans hold so dear, let us also pay tribute to those who continue to endanger their lives on our behalf around the world.

Let’s pray that soon there will be an end to all wars.