On May 13, 1938, the 11th of November in each year was deemed a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.”
On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Today, An Authentic Life is proud to honor all Veterans, with a special nod to those soldiers closest to my heart – my father in law, may he rest in peace, and of course, my own Sexy Soldier.
Veterans, it’s because of you, we are able to have blogs, travel the world, and march to the beat of our own drummer.
From the bottom of my American heart, I say “Thank You.”
My father in law, James Albert Walters, proudly served in World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific.
Never did you meet a more patriotic man.
He was one of the hardest working men of his generation and had little tolerance for disobedience.
He was stoic and staid, and said very little, unless it was required.
I admired him.
When Sexy Hubby went into the service, he chose the Army instead of the Marines (he can’t do the boat thing!)
Before he was my Sexy Hubby, he was my Sexy Soldier.
Seems only fitting, that when our son was a baby, he saluted his Veteran daddy.
Our littlest patriot on 4th of July 1996, already a proud supporter of Old Glory.
He plans to follow in his grandfather and father’s foot-steps, and hopes to serve in the United States Army one day. When I told him I was preparing a blog to honor Veterans, I asked him, “Why do you want to serve?”
He said simply, “Because soldiers are bad-ass.”
I couldn’t argue.
Nor did I comment on the fact he just said “ass” with no repercussions.