“Remember Our Veterans” – MRFF Board Member John Compere on the history and importance of Veterans Day

Published On: November 11, 2022|Categories: Top News|0 Comments|
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Veterans Day is our annual national holiday on November 11th. Its genesis was the World War I armistice declared at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. 

Originally commemorated as Armistice Day in 1919 by congressional resolution and presidential proclamation, it became Veterans Day in 1954 by federal law enacted by Congress and signed by 34th President Dwight Eisenhower.

This recognition of our military veterans pays tribute to those patriotic men and women, living or deceased, who served our country honorably in the US Armed Forces during war or peace for any length of service and are no longer serving. There are 18.8 million veterans living in the United States. 

Veterans Day is a legal federal holiday and official flag display day pursuant to 5 United States Code 6103. All federal government offices are closed. State, county and city governments are requested to fly the American flag. Flag handling requirements are found at 4 United States Code 1. The correct spelling is the attributive “Veterans Day” with no apostrophe (i.e. Veterans’ Day or Veteran’s Day is not correct). 

Parades, ceremonies, celebrations and events honoring our veterans are held throughout the country. A ceremonial wreath laying by our President is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day (and also on Memorial Day). 

November is also officially recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. The formal dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial honoring the exceptional military service of Native Americans will be held this year on Veterans Day at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. The dedication and processional from the museum along the National Mall to the US Capitol will honor American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian veterans and their families.

Veterans Day should not be confused with “Memorial Day” on the last Monday in May memorializing military members who gave their lives in the service of our country or “Armed Forces Day” on the 3rd Saturday in May honoring men and women currently serving in the military. Veterans Day is for those who hung up their uniform. Memorial Day is for those who never made it out of their uniform. Armed Forces Day is for those still serving in their uniform. We recognize three distinct military service categories with three different national observances.

The military sworn service oath is to support, defend and bear true faith and allegiance to “the Constitution of the United States”.Military veterans know we are one nation under the Constitution and it is the Constitution in which we must trust. Fidelity to the Constitution was an essential element of their faithful service as it continues to be for all military men and women serving today. 

“We do not take an oath to a king or queen, a tyrant or a dictator. We do not take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution…and will protect and defend that document regardless of personal price.” – General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s top military officer.

Veterans Day honors all military veterans and is a special time for remembering and respecting those who have rendered honorable military service to the United States of America. These patriotic men and women are the reason Americans continue to have the freedoms we cherish and enjoy today.

“Today we honor the service of those who have worn the uniform of the United States of America. To our proud veterans – I will be a commander in chief who respects your sacrifices, understands your service, and will never betray the values you fought you fought so bravely to defend.” – US President Joe Biden 

John Compere
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Texas rancher 

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