Veterans Day – Symbol of Freedom, Sacrifice, and Honor

Veterans Day is a symbol of freedom, sacrifice, and honor. We honor those who have served or currently serve in the military for the sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom. Sometimes, we take this freedom for granted. The freedom to vote. The right to bear arms. The pledge is the government to uphold our basic human rights. These freedoms, along with many others, are what the veterans protect each and every day. It is important that we thank them for everything that they do and have done, risking and sacrificing your life is not a small feat. 

At 2:11 p.m. EST, a two minute moment of silence is held to reflect on the service and sacrifice of all veterans, present and past. This time allows for all 50 United States and Puerto Rico to participate. Flags are raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset, displayed throughout the day at the peak of the staff.  We celebrate Veterans day on November 11th because the World War I armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed the bill to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. 

The Jefferson County Post thanks all the veterans for their tremendous sacrifice and courageous service for their country and people. Happy Veterans Day to all!

Source: Sophie Swann, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer