Veterans Day 2021

Today is Veterans Day. A day to thank, honor, and remember our United States veterans.

To all veterans, thank you for your service to our country.  

There are some veterans in my immediate family: my uncles, my dad’s brothers, Vernie and Ken Miller, as well as my cousin Ron and nephew Mike.

Carl LaVerne “Vernie” Miller, Army Anti Aircraft Artillery

Kenneth Miller, 278 Regimental Combat Team, 1953-55

Thank you for your service.

I have other, more distant relatives who also served, too many to recognize individually because I do not want to inadvertently leave someone out.

Thank you for your service.

I would also like to honor those veterans who have passed, including my dad, Herbert Miller (1925-2012), who was a World War II veteran.

Herbert Miller, WWII, 84th Division, 333rd Company, Infantry, 1944-46.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and was created to commemorate of the end of World War I. Fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the date generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Armistice Day became a legal holiday on 11 November 1938, primarily to honor World War I veterans and dedicated to the cause of world peace. After World War II and the Korean War the name was changed to Veterans Day. On 1 June 1954 Veterans Day became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Thank a veteran today. They deserve our thanks and gratitude and so much more.

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