Today, funeral homes and cemeteries around the nation will observe Veterans Day. Millions of family members and friends will gather at funeral homes to honor the lives of U.S. Military men and woman who lost their lives fighting for our country and our freedoms.
Veterans Day was originally proclaimed Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, to honor the end of World War I. In his proclamation speech, Wilson said:
“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 the nations…”
In 1926, what is now Veteran’s day became a legal holiday. In 1954, U.S. Congress removed the word Armistice and added Veterans. Since then, Veterans Day has been the day to honor American veterans of all wars. And the tradition continues. Each year, Veterans Day reminds us to take a moment to pause and remember the thousands of military lives that have been lost defending our country and its people.
Whether you have a loved one who lost his life in the military or you simply want to visit a funeral home to appreciate those who have fought for our freedoms, let’s remember them today. Let’s take a moment to pause and thank these brave men and woman for their bravery, patriotism and love of their country.
This year, if you’d like to honor Veterans Day at local funeral homes or Mountain View Funeral Home specifically, contact us. We can answer your questions and offer suggestions on ways you can honor those who have served our great nation.