Veterans Day 2017 marks the 99th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, hostilities with Germany formally ended. What we now call Veterans Day was called Armistice Day until 1954.
President Woodrow Wilson declared in his first Armistice Day message on November 11, 1919: “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 nations.” Since that day millions of American men and women in uniform have served, and many thousands have fought and died in battles around the world, to defend this nation and preserve her way of life, and for that we are profoundly grateful.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are currently more than 12.4 million veterans in this country who are age 65 and older. These veterans served in conflicts small and large, local and global, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War. While all vets deserve our appreciation and support, the welfare of these aging veterans is of particular concern to us at AgingOptions, because we believe that everyone – and especially those who wore the uniform of the United States – deserves to age with dignity, security and purpose. We want to do what we can to help ensure that our aging veterans receive the support and benefits to which they are entitled.
So on Veterans Day 2017 we join in acknowledging the men and women who wear our country’s uniform today, and in honoring the long ranks of those who have gone before. Thank you for your service. We proudly salute you!
The Family at AgingOptions