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Veteran’s Day, November 11th
"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..."
-President Woodrow Wilson November 11, 1919
The Great War ended November 11, 1918 and there were celebrations around the world for a cease fire agreement had been reached in the war we now know as World War I.
On November 11, 1919 the one year anniversary of Armistice Day, the first official Armistice Day event was held on the grounds of the Buckingham Palace. As a mark of respect there was a two-minute moment of silence to honor and remember the soldiers who had fallen in battle. This is a tradition that has been carried out through the years on what is now known as Remembrance Day and includes those who served in World War II as well. In the United States Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day in 1954 as there now was more than one war where soldiers were lost.
Today, Veteran's Day serves as a means to celebrate and honor all who have served in our military. This Veteran's Day we take a moment to remember our heroes...the men and women who have sacrificed their time, talents and for some their life as a means to ensure that we as a nation are able to enjoy our freedoms, our lives, and our liberty. The heroes who go beyond our borders to help other nations and peoples under duress. They do not focus on what they need but that of the greater good as only heroes do.
A day set aside to remember, a thousand moments of silence, a lifetime of thanks and hearts full of gratitude will never be adequate to show you the honor you deserve.
This Thanksgiving season as we are moved to reflect on reasons and ways to be thankful may we add to the list all the men and women who have, are and will one day serve our wonderful nation in efforts to preserve the freedoms we are blessed with. May we remember and pray for the families who are not with their child, spouse or parent because of their service and especially for those who have lost a loved one. They are all heroes.
Our past, Present and Future...We Thank You!
Kenneth Klem U.S. Army 1969-1971: Suring his service he spent nine months in Vietnam. In his spare tie he worked at a nearby orphanage and fell in love with the kids. After he served, he and his fiancee planned to adopt and applied a month after they were married. They adopted a 5 month old daughter on April 10, 1975 and are now blessed with 3 handsome grandsons.
-Submitted by Deb Klum
John Winlock Sr. U.S. Army: 22 years, retired
-John Winlock Jr. Back to Basics Personal Trainer
LTC Russell U.S. Army: 23 years
CPT Sherri Sears U.S. Army: 13 years
"I would love to highlight two very special people in my life who served 13 and 23 years respectively. My sister in law who served as a signal officer and my brother who served as an engineer."
-Lisa Morrissey, Back to Basics Massage Therapist
A Family Affair: 4 generations of service
Carl E. Jacobs Army, World War II
Ralph Jacobs Navy 1966-1985
Michael Jacobs Navy 1987-1991
Nathan Goldman Marines 2010-2017
My grandfather, Carl Jacobs was a transporter during World War II and received accommodations for his service. He and my grandmother, Laura had six children; he left three at home to fight and missed the births of two of his sons while serving, the youngest came after. He left a legacy of faith in Christ, 17 grandchildren, a love of country and ice cream. He was followed into service by his son Ralph, grandson Michael and great grandson Nathan.
-Judy Tripp Back to Basics Office Manager