Remembering our Veterans
By U.S. Representative John R. Carter
November 8, 2005
With the anticipation of the holiday season quickly approaching, it is easy for many to simply breeze past the eleventh day of November. Veterans' Day recognizes the courage, commitment and sacrifices of the men and women who fight for peace and freedom. In the midst of the War on Terror, it is important on this day to pause and remember past and present veterans.
Veterans' Day was first recognized one year after the end of World War I. Although the war officially ended June 28, 1919, an agreement was signed on November 11, 1918, to end all fighting between the Allied nations and Germany. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation setting aside this day as Armistice Day to honor WWI veterans.
With the end of World War II, there became another sector of American citizens who courageously committed their lives for the good of the nation. These veterans felt a desire to be recognized on Armistice Day, and on June 1, 1954, the 83rd Congress amended this holiday to honor American veterans from all wars. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII, and it is with deep appreciation we remember the 16 million Americans who fought to defend our nation and its allies.
Throughout the last 86 years, the value of remembrance on Veterans' Day has not subsided. I believe we should recognize the spirit of the armed forces and their commitment to serve the United States. The bravery of our soldiers deserves nothing less than our utmost gratitude and understanding. It is my hope that Americans will take the time to learn more from living veterans and reflect on the past of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause they believed in.
As the war in Iraq continues, it is important to also remember the brave men and women who continue to fight for the security and freedom of others. We are a nation which is blessed to have a democratic society, and the United States must continue to support this cause in Iraq. I commend the willingness of the soldiers and veterans who serve so bravely for common good. We must also bear in mind the sacrifices of soldiers' and veterans' families and keep them in our thoughts, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
It is an honor to recognize America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to protecting the values which we often take for granted. Living in a district with Fort Hood, we all have plenty of opportunities to thank the soldiers and veterans who have protected and fought for our nation. This Veterans Day I urge everyone in District 31 to thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice.