ClientWise would like to pause for a moment, and thank the millions of veterans who have served our country.
Thank you to all of the 22-million+ veterans who have ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. We salute you, as well as to the fallen heroes, and keep in our thoughts and prayers all those who are still in harm’s way around the globe.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of WWI fell silent and "Armistice Day" was born. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with these words, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation”, to honor American veterans of all wars. Today, there are more than 22 million veterans who have served the United States: 2 million from World War II, 2.4 million from the Korean War, 7.5 million from Vietnam, 5.7 million from the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, and 5.7 million peacetime veterans. (The sum is more than the parts because of veterans who went above and beyond the call of duty…serving in more than one wartime period, and are thus counted only once in the total.)
It also must be said that honoring our veterans is much more than the words and thoughts that we express on Veterans Day. Honoring our veterans is also about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year, and ensuring that our society provides the care that they need and the benefits they’ve earned when they return home.
To all veterans, we thank you again for your patriotism, your love of country, and your willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.