On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.
In 1954 (after many years and many wars) the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
Growing up I don’t think I knew the true magnitude of this day- nor could I distinguish the differences between Veterans and Memorial Day... I just knew each were meaningful and important.
Since becoming a Military spouse and part of the Military family I’m surrounding by Veterans all the time. It’s a tough feeling to explain to someone who isn’t in a similar position. This is our normal. My knowledge for what Military members and their families do and endure has grown and my personal respect and support is constant.
Before I sat down to write this, I thought about how many Veterans I know personally. I’ll tell you it’s WAY too many people to tag in this post, but, do know this: if you are one of those people, you did come to mind and I am sending you an extra bit of love today.
I think it’s easy for those of us in the Military community to live our “normal”: underlying appreciation with very few spoken “thank you”s. That being said, here is a big THANK YOU to everyone who has served, does serve, and will serve. ♥️ 🇺🇸 💙