Source: US State of Missouri
Among our more important holidays, this time of year, is Veterans Day. November 11 always serves as a wonderful reminder of the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. Unfortunately, it can be too easy to take this freedom for granted, and we never should.
Veterans Day has been celebrated in the United States since the armistice that ended World War I was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Armistice Day would then be celebrated every year following. In 1938, it became a federal holiday. Following both World War II and the Korean War, the holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.
This day is set aside, simply, to honor those who bravely served in the United State Armed Forces — both past and present. Many of us celebrate all of our veterans every day. If you have not been in the military, you probably have a family member or friend who either has served or is currently serving.
Likely, there are celebrations and gatherings scheduled either in your hometown or close by. I invite you to attend these services. It is a great way to honor our veterans and to thank them for their service. Holidays always bring out a sense of camaraderie, especially in our part of the state.
Again, I want to thank all of the brave men and women who have served to keep our country not only safe, but free. A special thanks goes out to all of those who are still active, are currently oversees and may not get a chance to be home for the rest of the year. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you, and we ask God to bless you in your mission to serve our country.
I am honored to serve as your senator in the Missouri Senate. If, at any time, you have questions, concerns or ideas regarding state government, please feel free to contact me at (573) 751-8793 or Sandy.Crawford@senate.mo.gov.