Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally established as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of World War I. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' At the time, the holiday was specific to World War I Veterans.
After the completion of World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Every day, but today especially, the American people must show our appreciation for the service of our veterans. Without their service, life in the United States of America would not be what it is today. Our men and women in uniform have laid down their lives, put themselves in harms way and left friends and family so that we can continue to enjoy our many freedoms.
On this Veterans Day, I ask each of you to not only say thank you to our veterans and extend a prayer to our active duty service men and women, but also to extend a well-deserved thank you to the military families that have earned their stripes by the many sacrifices they have made and continue to make to support our veterans. A heart-felt thanks goes out to the military parents, spouses and children who sacrifice so much.
I was recently sent the below video clip and I would encourage each of you to grab a box of kleenex and watch this as a reminder of the sacrifice that our military veterans have paid.
2010 Pig Pickin’
Many thanks to Congressman Rob Wittman and all those who attended our 2010 Pig Pickin’ last weekend. Over 500 friends joined us for good food, music and fellowship. At the event I announced that I will be running for another term.
Very truly yours,
Senator Tommy Norment