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Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Honor our veterans today and every day

Honor our veterans today and every day

In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.

It wasn't until May of 1938 that the 11th of November became a legal holiday-a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day". Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American servicemembers who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans-living or dead-but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. In the U.K., Canada and other Commonwealth countries, Veterans Day is also known as Remembrance Day. So at the urging of the veterans service organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans".

The public is invited to the Florence Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St., from 9 to 11a.m. on Saturday to hear a short presentation and enjoy a musical salute to all USA military branches.

Appropriately enough, President Donald J. Trump today highlights the selflessness, sacrifice and noble ideals of America's current and former servicemen and women in his 2017 Veterans Day message to the nation.

Trump, marking the holiday in Vietnam with many valiant Vietnam War veterans, noted that measures enacted recently are created to improve accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, reform the VA appeals process and expand the GI Bill.

The Korean War is often referred to as "The Forgotten War".

We honor our veterans in Fairfield with a parade and related activities. We will have them up front to take the first salutes and cheers of our crowds.

A visit to the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in the city park is another way to acknowledge Veterans Day.

In Kent, several Veterans Day events are planned, including a fundraiser to support veterans, a school program and a Veterans Day ceremony.

This year's Veterans Day programs in this area began yesterday with one put on by the Hay Springs schools and the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center. As of 2014, there are 21.8 million veterans of the USA armed forces, according to the Census Bureau.

"Love and gratitude to our veterans on [Veterans Day]". A war that had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag.

Reese Witherspoon paid tribute to her grandfather, father, uncle, aunt and mother who have all served in the US military.

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