To quote former president Calvin Coolidge, "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten." It is important that we remember all the lives that were lost as well as honor and thank all of the veterans for protecting our freedom this Veterans this day.
November 11 is rooted in history to remember our nation’s veterans.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day which ended the hostilities in World War I.
Congress in 1938 approved an Act to make the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday —a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In remarks made at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on November 11, 1988, Ronald Reagan said:
“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.”
The observance of Veterans Day on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day which is to celebrate America’s veterans for their heroism in continuing to strengthen and protect this great nation. The RNLA honors and thanks all of America’s veterans on this day.