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Editorial: Veterans Day is a time for a thank you

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opinion Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Today is Veterans Day, a time to pause, reflect and remember all of the U.S. veterans past and present.

Veterans Day originated in 1919 on the first anniversary of the “Armistice Day” that ended World War I. Originally, the effort called for two minutes of the suspension of business at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month noting the end of the war.

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In 1954, Nov. 11 was renamed Veterans Day, following the Korean War.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated in his proclamation, “In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

This day has evolved as a day to honor all veterans and their sacrifices for our country.

Americans - men and women - have often answered our country’s call to arms in each generation.

Today we have many veterans to honor - from World War I and World War II to Korean and Vietnam wars to the latest groups: the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War.

Veterans - whether they have serve in peacetime or in war - all put their lives on hold to serve their country. Some never come home, others came home with injuries and many were able to just come home. They all served their country.

Take a minute today and thank each veteran you see. It will help make a veteran’s day.

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