Dale: ’Thank you to those that have supported this great nation’

Veterans Day messages from military and civilian leadership at China Lake

Dale: ’Thank you to those that have supported this great nation’On Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the United States on the first Armistice Day. In this message, he said the following:

“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 nations.”

These words were meant to honor those who had died during World War I and were the foundation for what we now know as Veterans Day.

Through the years, the observation of Veterans Day has grown to include honoring all those that have served in the United States military, not just those who died in World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans and he led a delegation to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who supported the idea.

In 1954, after gaining support, the bill that would establish the holiday passed through Congress and on May 26, 1954, then President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law.

On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the bill replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

Today many Americans observe the holiday, Veterans Day, by attending ceremonies or parades dedicated to honoring all veterans for their service. These events allow veterans to share their experiences and speak about their service. It also provides the chance to personally thank those that have served this great nation and protected our freedom.

So, remember to take a moment during your celebrations this Veterans Day, a moment to remember those that have served, those that are serving. Remember to take time to honor service members, past and present, to say thank you. If you have someone in your life that is a Veteran remember to let them know how appreciated they are.

Use this opportunity, now and on future Veterans Days, to celebrate service to our nation, to demonstrate appreciation for our military and to inspire future generations to dedicate themselves in the name of the many who have come before them.

It is with that thought in mind that I say thank you, thank you to those that have supported this great nation, thank you for your service and thank you for your sacrifices.

— Capt. Paul Dale, Naval Air Weapons Station commanding officer

Story First Published: 2019-11-08