Happy Veterans Day—Honoring Those Who Took the Oath

By Dave Dolbee published on in Consumer Information

American pride still exists! Perhaps as much as it did in the past, perhaps it is somewhat waning under our current political climate. However, this is not a day for political punditry. Instead, it is a day to honor the 21 million living U.S. veterans who either served or are currently keeping the wolf from America’s doors.

Origins

A question for those with hardcore American pride… Do you know why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11? After all, we know why Christmas is on December 25, Independence Day on July 4 and so on. The answer stretches back almost a century to the truce signed between Germany and the Allies in World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11/11/1918). Originally called Armistice Day, the first celebration on November 11, 1919 began with a two-minute stoppage at all businesses at 11:00 a.m., parades and public observances. Years later, Americans began honoring our unknown soldiers on Armistice Day; a tradition that continues today.

Patriotic Veterans Day poster

Unfortunately, WWI was not the “war to end all war.” After WWII and Korea, the decision was made to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. That way, we could honor all of our Veterans from past wars and conflicts as well as those sure to happen in the future and of course our service members who served during times of peace are equally honored veterans.

Like so many issues, it only takes a Senator with an idea and a Representative with a plan—not sure which is more dangerous— to screw up an otherwise foolproof plan. This was proven in 1968 when we celebrated Veterans Day in October for seven years. Congress wanted government employees to have a long weekend and therefore thought moving Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October was a good idea. Fortunately, President Ford had the foresight to understand the significance of 11/11 and returned the observance to a day with historical significance; a day demonstrating a top priority of honoring the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces over a long weekend for some.

Veterans Day vs. Memorial Day

Not that there should be any, but to eliminate any confusion for our “younger” readers, Veterans Day is a day to honor all U.S. Veterans both living and dead; the 16.5 million living veterans who served in times of war or conflict and the 5.5 million who served in times of peace. Memorial Day, on the other hand, is a day to remember our war dead; those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

Be sure to thank a Veteran and remember his or sacrifice for our freedom and protection. Cheaper Than Dirt! salutes you!

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Comments (11)

  • Leothehandyman

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    I would just like to say to all Solders, Sailors and Marines active, retired, reservist, and those who did not make it back home, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND I SALUTE YOU. I have two sons One active in the army and one who served 5 years in the Navy and now is a reservist.. I took the time today to thank both of them from the bottom of my heart.

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  • OLD AND GRUMPY

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    “We Are Solders Still”

    The oath of enlistment does not become void when we get discharged.

    I re read the oath after 40 years.

    To “defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies foreign and domestic”. It is very specific. It is the Constitution we defend. Based on this I would say that those who try to undermine, weaken, or twist the Constitution are ENEMIES DOMESTIC.

    Who is trying to undermine the Constitution today? Can we dare to call them what they are? We have now had a election that should help. What actions can we take if this does not change?

    Progressives don’t like the idea of “enemies domestic”. But then they are the ones chipping away at our rights.

    So many questions I don’t have a clear answers to.

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  • Archangel Two-Two

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    I would like to add that not only do we have brothers in arms, but also sisters in arms as well. With that said, I would like to say thank you to my brothers and sisters in arms who have sacrificed much to ensure the rest of the country remains free. Happy Veterans Day to all.

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  • jim

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    If this country wanted to really honor veterans, why doesn’t it make Veterans Day a national holiday like Columbus Day is.? I worked as a union Carpenter in CT for 34 years. We got Columbus Day off , BUT NOT VETERANS DAY! Who the h–l was Columbus? They say that he discovered America, but now it has been proven that the Norsemen discovered it 200 years earlier!
    jim,
    SFC,CI, MI, USA, retired

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  • larry

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    “We Are Solders Still” by Lt. Gen Hal Moore Ret. and war correspondent Joe Galloway…Good Read!!!

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    • T morg

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      Amen. Being a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and now also in the “Basket of Deplorables” the line is getting quite clear as to those “enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC”. I would have to say our outgoing Administration RULED BY THE PEN AND THE PHONE. I can thank GOD we have a chance to heal these divisions and be a united Nation but the Liberals want the Choas and unrest so they can intimadate the Forgotten. I hope it doesn’t work.

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    • OLD AND GRUMPY

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      “Enemies foreign ” is sort of clear. One of those questions I spoke about up top is what qualifies as a “Enemy DOMESTIC”? A LEGAL definition. What did the Founding Fathers mean by it?

      Like I said I have a good idea based on what the oath says but I am not a lawyer.

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  • James Maxwell

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    Not only did we take the Oath but we have not and will not forget it.
    We honor those gone before who also took the oath and keep it
    even if it cost them their lives.

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  • Steve Melczer

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    I had a Dr. Appointment yesterday
    , November 11th, at 11 am.
    11/11/11. “Lest We Forget”

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  • G-Man

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    A salute to all my fellow serving brothers-in-arms. Even as I serve, I wish to thank you all for your dedication to service as well.

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    • larry

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      Thanks G Man, to you as well for your service and sacrifice.
      Semper Fidelis, 3rd Marine Air Wing, VMFA 531, MCAS El Toro, Crew Chief F4’s, 1970-1974

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