The entire world was at war in 1918. World War I, known as “The Great War” was a terrible blight on the human race. Death tolls were staggering and destruction played out in a never before seen scale of violence. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 an armistice went into effect, for all practical purposes ending the first world-wide conflict.
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
“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…”
There were parades, public celebrations, and a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.
Originally set aside to celebrate the end of the hostilities of World War I, the day was re-named in 1954 to recognize the service and sacrifice of military personnel of both World Wars and other actions including Korea. The word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans.”
There have been government attempts to move the Veterans Day celebration to a Monday to give a three day weekend holiday but citizens, cities, and states strongly resisted and in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford officially returned the observance to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – an action reflecting an overwhelming majority of state legislatures, veterans service organizations, and the American people.
This year Veterans Day is celebrated on Tuesday, November 11th. Please join with me in stopping for a moment’s reflection on all who have served their country with love of country, willingness to sacrifice, and even die for the common good.
I’m setting my alarm. Join me in a moment of prayer for our veterans and the service they have rendered.
Peace will never come through conflict but only from the mighty hand of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27
In the meantime, we must appreciate those who stand in the gap and serve with distinction to keep us free and able to publicly tell of that peace found only in Christ.
Think about it…