Freedom Isn't Free

posted Nov 11, 2013, 8:39 AM by Unknown user
Most of you are aware that today is Veterans Day. Many teachers play a video clip during classes, or at least remind their students to thank a veteran. However, most people don't always remember just how important this day is. 

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On Nov. 11, 1918, the fighting in World War I ceased, although the treaty wasn't officially signed until June 28,1919. 
On Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first ever armistice remembrance day. 
On May 13, 1938, an Act was passed to make Nov. 11 of each year a legal holiday, called Armistice Day. 
After World War II and Korea, however, legislation was passed on June 1, 1954 to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. 
This Veterans Day, take a minute to ask your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, or someone else you know that served, about their time in the service. Ask them if they have any stories they're willing to share with you. Some of them will say no; they have suffered unimaginable sacrifices and losses, and sometimes that it too hard to relive. Thank them anyways, regardless of their answer. If you see a veteran anywhere, thank them for the service. 

As the Zac Brown Band said, "I thank God for my life, and for the stars and stripes. May freedom forever fly, let it ring. Salute the ones who died, the ones who give their lives, so we don't have to sacrifice all the things we love."
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