An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Since the Afghanistan war started in. 2001, there have been 2,151 casualties. This has been the longest war in the history of the United States. Since 9/11/01 nearly 3 million Veterans have left military service. Today is the day that we officially observe Veterans Day. As we go about our every day routine it can be easy to forget about those who defend our freedoms in the armed forces. They are our family members and our neighbors, who have been and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. If it wasn't for these brave soldiers in our armed forces, America would not be what it is today.
We would have fallen to foreign foes decades ago, and succumbed to tyranny, and communism, Osama Bin Ladin would still be free to unleash his reign of terror on the world, and The United States as we know it would cease to exist. On this day we should honor not only those who have been in wars but all of those who face the ever looming possibility of combat. I have a few family members who are veterans and I have a great respect for them. When I hear their stories, and I witness what they have to go through, my respect and admiration is multiplied because I know that it takes a special kind of American to stand tall and represent the The American way of life. God bless America, and God bless those who help make America what it is.