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Brother and sisters,

With Veterans Day just around the corner, I’d like to provide you with information about the history and observance of this important holiday. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918 an armistice, or truce, between Allied forces and Germany came into effect. With World War I over, one year later on November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. President Wilson suggested that the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. In 1926, the United Sates Congress officially recognized the end of WWI, and in 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday to be recognized every November 11th. Originally intended to honor veterans of WWI, in 1954 Congress changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” to honor ALL American veterans, no matter when or where they served. When we observe Veterans Day this November 11th, hang your flags at half mast and have a moment of silence at 11am to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States of America in all wars.

In Unity,

Erick Cabusao