OUR VIEW: Join us in recognizing veterans today

Nov. 11, Veterans Day, allows us to recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.

In Michigan there are more than 660,000 veterans, roughly a third of which served prior to Vietnam.

Veterans Day was first recognized as Armistice Day in 1919. This was one year after the Great War ended, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.

Michigan sent 8,000 soldiers “over there.” Citizens from the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan served in units like the 32nd Infantry Division (Red Arrow). Their sacrifices helped to make the United States a world power.

“There will be Veterans Day celebrations throughout Michigan,” said Jason Allen, senior policy adviser for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “Citizens are encouraged to participate in their community events, and consider thanking a veteran by making a phone call or writing a note.”

We should remember on this day, those who made sacrifices — soldiers injured in battle defending our rights and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to protect our freedoms.

There have been several events and ceremonies in the community honoring veterans, and also in the classroom offering an important lesson to our children.

2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed November 2014 as Veterans Month in Michigan to thank our veterans, of all generations, for their service to our nation.

And although we set aside a day for veterans, their service is something we should recognize every day of the year for the things they do to preserver our freedom in the past and continue to do to this day in protecting us and making us safe.

We give thanks to soldiers who made a career of serving their country, of dedicating their life to ensure our freedom.

Take time out of your busy schedule today to thank a veteran for their service.

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