Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That's not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
Veterans Day National Ceremony - At exactly 11:00 a.m., each November 11th, a color guard made up of members from each of the military branches, renders honors to America's war dead during a heart-moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The President or his representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds Taps. The balance of the ceremony, including a "Parade of Flags" by numerous veterans service organizations, takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the tomb.
Those who chose to serve in the United States military come from many backgrounds and pledged their service for many reasons, but they share one utterly important common trait - they all agreed to put their lives on the line for the greater good of their fellow Americans.
They chose to put on a uniform and put themselves in harm's way for the greater good of their nation and their countrymen. Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coach Guardsmen. They wore those uniforms across deserts, jungles, and tundra; aboard ships, planes and helicopters; in heat, rain, and snow; in peacetime and war.
They answered the call and paid the price.
Today more than 23 million veterans are home in America. They are our neighbors and our friends, our families and our loved ones. They work in offices, board rooms, and restaurants; they teach our children, protect our streets, and nurse our sick; they own businesses, preach the gospel, and lead our government. And they volunteer or have volunteered for the Babe Ruth League program.
Look anywhere in America, and you will find veterans. They proudly served yesterday, they live and work among us, and because of them we may all look forward to a free tomorrow.
This Veterans Day, Babe Ruth League is proud to join the entire country in honoring our Nation's veterans. Since the dawn of our country, these brave men and women have fought for and protected the freedoms that make America great. We owe them our deepest gratitude all year round, but on Veterans Day, in particular, we pause to thank them for their selflessness and their service. We are sincerely grateful for the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom!
I watched the flag pass by one day,
it fluttered in the breeze.
A young soldier saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform,
so young, so tall, so proud.
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
he'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men and women like him,
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
NO FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!