Veterans Day is a legal holiday dedicated to American Veterans of all wars. Veterans Day 2020, Wednesday, November 11th, pays tribute to all American Veterans, living or deceased, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Originally named “Armistice Day” to mark the 11:00 AM ceasefire on November 11, 1918 that ended World War I, was renamed “Veterans Day” by Congress in 1954 following the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War.
On November 11, 1921 an unidentified American Soldier killed in the war was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C,
In the U. S. , an official “wreath-laying” ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.
“FREEDOM” is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on to them, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
~ President Ronald Reagan
“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they have suffered the scars of wars. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have done for us”. ~ President Ronald Reagan ~ 1983 in a Radio Address to the Nation.
The AZ East Valley Action Alliance remembers, honors and salutes all our Veterans; so very grateful for their service and sacrifices as we recall, most recently, the battles in the desserts of Iraq and in the mountains of Afghanistan.
May God Bless all our Veterans and their Families and May God Bless America!