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Veteran’s Day 2012

November the 11th is Veterans Day, the day we have set aside to thank the men and women who have put on a uniform and pledged to serve our nation. It is important to show veterans on this day that we have not forgotten their many sacrifices. In a small way, the holiday Monday and the annual ceremonies fill that need.

November 11 is Veterans Day in the U.S. – a federal holiday to honor personnel who have served in the United States Military (Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard) past and present.

This is the first Veterans Day since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December 2011. The holiday this year is also a chance for Americans to thank the rapidly shrinking population of World War Two veterans. Time is slipping away for the oldest generation of veterans. Only about 1.7 million veterans of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II are still alive, and it’s estimated that 900 more die each day. For some of the Greatest Generation, this Veterans Day will be their last. Have you thanked a veteran lately?

The U.S. president traditionally places a wreath every Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. 

President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Communities across America traditionally hold Veterans Day observances and ceremonies. Federal offices will be closed Monday in recognition of the holiday. Find out what your community is doing to celebrate and get out and join the party. While you are there, thank every veteran, past and current that you see there, these men and women do not get thanked enough.

November the 11th is Veterans Day, the day we have set aside to thank the men and women who have put on a uniform and pledged to serve our nation. It is important to show veterans on this day that we have not forgotten their many sacrifices. In a small way, the holiday Monday and the annual ceremonies fill that need.

Veterans Day – originally called Armistice Day – was first observed in 1919. One year earlier, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations took effect.

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