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U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day (later changed to Veterans' Day) for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

 As Americans we have great patriotism for our country. And today we honor those who fought the fight to protect their loved ones and the place they called home.

I think of my grandfathers, uncles and cousins who served, and I thank them for what they sacrificed...

Pastor Dan Wade, who also served, once said something that I never forgot: "Whenever I happen to see anyone in military uniform, whether Army, Marine, Navy, Coast Guard or Air Force, I go up to them, shake their hand and thank them...thank them for what they have done or are doing for our nation."

Let's remember the Veterans around us today...and thank them.

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