Today we take a moment to honor the over 20 million military veterans in the United States. From our forefathers who fought in the revolution, to the men and women proudly fighting to keep us safe and free, today is a day to thank them and their families for their service and sacrifice.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed November 11th, Armistice Day, the first anniversary of the ending of World War I. In 1954 Congress amended the original act, replacing Armistice with Veterans. Ever since then, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, the United States has taken a moment of silence to honor those who have served our country in combat.
Be sure to come out and honor our veterans in today's Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations parade starting at 9am on 16th and Atlantic, proceeding down 19th Street to the Tidewater Veterans Memorial across from the Convention Center, where there will be a formal ceremony following the parade. I hope you will join me there.
God Bless you, your family, and this great Nation.