November 11th, 2007

Honor Our Veterans Today

This Sunday, Veterans Day, we honor the veterans, living and dead, who have given so much to protect our country. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day (November 11) is celibrated on the same day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. (On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I formally came to an end with the German signing of the Armistice.) This is a day we honor all those who have served in the military, from 1776 to the present, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

“They fought together as brothers-in-arms
They died together and now they sleep side by side
To them we have a solemn obligation.”

— Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Joseph Ambrose, a World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who had been killed in the Korean War. Ambrose, now deceased, was 86 years old in 1982 when this photo was taken. There are now just three surviving American WWI Veterans. Related STORY.

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