In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, what we now call Veterans Day, it was meant to be a celebration to honor the men in the military who fought in World War I. The original holiday was one that included parades, the flag waving and a general feeling of pride and patriotism.
My how times have changed. we still have parades, and flags are flown in tribute to all the heroes, both men and women who served in the military. However for many November 11th is just a day off from school or work, and lots of sales at the mall.
For the majority of Americans there is no connection in how they live their lives and what the members of our military do every day to keep us safe. One percent of our population serves their country in the armed forces. That one percent have sworn that they will protect us from all enemies both foreign and domestic, they will die for us. People they do not even know.
So this Veteran's Day as you sleep in, maybe take advantage of a 25% off sale and start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu or Christmas gift list, actually stop and think about the people who make that possible. Remember them, honor them and thank them for their service. These amazing people and their families give us 365 days a year in service. Surely we can give them one.