Our K and G friends and family wish today to pay homage and respect to the every day heroes that serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The picture I’ve chosen to feature today was shot in the Rocky Mountains on the eastern side of the Million Dollar Highway, north of Durango, Colorado. The Blackhawk air cleaner belongs to a rider I’ll probably never know. But I had to shoot the pic while I was on that mountain top, and instantly reminded of my cousin. He’s a National Guard Blackhawk Pilot, and today, right now, he’s away from his family and serving us to protect our freedom.
I’ve seen his children grow while he was on the other side of the world, and his wife handling the battles on our soil, while he handles them on sand. He is just one of the many out there, following his calling, fulfilling his duty.
Love ya YB!
Thank You, to ALL past and present and those who will take that step in the future to make a difference as only a U.S. Soldier can do, With Our Love and Gratitude.
Veterans Day, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.
But why does this holiday land on November 11?
The idea of honoring US soldiers in November reaches back to the First World War, though we didn’t call it Veterans Day back then.
American troops made significant headway in 1918, rebuffing a German offensive along the western front and moving Allied forces deeper into enemy territory. By November, Germany had had enough. It agreed to a cease-fire, signing the official armistice at 5 a.m. on November 11. The treaty took effect six hours later. On the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” as the saying goes, the world knew peace once again.
The “War to End All Wars” had ended. For the next 36 years, America remembered November 11 as Armistice Day.
However, as we all know, war broke out again in 1939. A new generation of Americans risked their lives in World War II and the Korean War. By 1954, the name Armistice Day didn’t sound right anymore. The scope felt too narrow. So Congress swapped out “Armistice” in favor of a word that could honor all of America’s veterans, and Veterans Day was born.
But remember Armistice Day this year. Why? For the first time, this holiday has landed on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – of the eleventh year. That’s right, 11-11-11.