AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
November 11, 2022
Tell a Vet “Thanks” Today
Today is Veterans Day. It originally began as Armistice Day to mark the 11:00 a.m. cease-fire on November 11, 1918, that ended World War I. In 1954 Congress renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day to honor the veterans of all our wars.
As we all know, “Freedom is Not Free” and our veterans have paid the price to maintain our freedoms.
A little history: This holiday (originally known as Armistice Day) was established to remember the 1918 signing of the Armistice Treaty and to honor the heroes of World War I. In 1921, Congress resolved to build a tomb to honor the men who died overseas. Sergeant Edward Younger was given the task of choosing one of four unknown American soldiers to bring home for burial. When the Navy ship Olympia arrived in Washington on November 9th with the body of the fallen soldier, America responded. The Calvary band played “Onward Christian Soldiers” as the casket was taken to the U.S. Capitol, where the soldier was laid in State. President Warren G. Harding, governmental officials, and thousands of Americans paid their respects to this fallen soldier.
On the morning of November 11th, this soldier was given a military procession to Arlington National Cemetery and buried at what is known today as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Come what may, this tomb has been guarded around the clock by dedicated servicemen and women since 1948 – including through hurricanes and other foul weather!
The honor paid to this soldier is the same respect that all our veterans deserve. It was in 1954 that Veterans Day was officially renamed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to honor American veterans of all wars. These brave men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for our freedom should be celebrated and honored.
Here is a short video honoring our veterans.
Link to President Reagan’s 1981 speech.
Also, pray for our military as they are not only under attack from foreign adversaries, but an administration that is trying to create a “woke” military!