Veteran’s Day is almost here, and for so many of us, the day holds a special meaning. Whether you’ve served your country in uniform, supported or cared for someone who served, had a father or mother, brother or sister, or any loved one at all who donned the uniform of their country, the day undoubtedly holds a personal sense of fulfillment and commitment for you.
However, there are many more of us who have a friend, a work colleague, or perhaps employ a veteran, who are equally vested in honoring and supporting service to country. For those of us at Operation Homefront, serving veterans is core to our mission and our values.
First proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to honor World War I veterans, the holiday was later expanded to include all veterans and all wars. The choice of Nov. 11 stems from the Armistice with Germany, with the cessation of hostilities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
In the spirit and history of the day, this year we thought there’d be no better way to honor service to country than to highlight some of the veterans we’ve been so very fortunate to help, each with their own unique and compelling story of commitment and sacrifice.
With the connection to the number 11, beginning on Veteran’s Day and over the course of 11 days, we’ll highlight a veteran who we’ve come to know through our various programs of support. Getting to know these individuals and families is what we cherish, thanks to the generous support we receive from those like you who also seek to honor service and sacrifice to country.
I’m hoping that you will join in the conversation with us as we celebrate those veterans among us, by sharing stories of your own. Through Facebook or Twitter, please use the hashtag #11days11stories to share your own inspirational story of a veteran in your life.