|On November 11th, 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in recognition of WWI veterans and in conjunction with the timing of cessation of hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as "Armistice Day." In 1954, Congress, wanting to recognize the sacrifice of veterans since WWI, proposed to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day in their honor. President Dwight
D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Commander in WWII, signed the legislation.|
To honor those veterans who sacrificed all, an Army honor guard from the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil at Arlington. At 11 am, November 11th, a combined color guard representing all military service branches executes "Present Arms" at the tomb for the laying of a wreath by the president. This is followed by "Taps."
This Sunday, we encourage all Patriots to offer a prayer of thanks to our Heavenly Father for the courage and sacrifice of our veterans, and a petition for blessings on all their families. And, seek out at least one veteran Sunday, and say "Thanks"!