Florida Guard Team,
World War I, “The Great War,” ended with an armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. After what was thought to be the war to end all wars, America began to pay tribute to the heroism and selfless service demonstrated by those who served during that conflict each year on November 11th.
The world would not remain free of tyranny however, and our Armed Forces would be called upon again to defend freedom. During World War II, the numbers of deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen reached the highest numbers in U.S. history. Not long after World War II, we were called upon again to fight on the Korean Peninsula. After these conflicts, it became evident that ALL veterans needed to be recognized for their service, and on October 8th, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation.
“On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
This Veterans Day, I call on our Florida Guard Family to remember those who have gone before us; who fought in the trenches, from the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam. Honor those that are now standing guard, in Afghanistan, Africa and beyond. Finally, we must remember our families….the ones who keep the home fires burning and make their own sacrifices in support of the nation. November is also Military Family Appreciation Month, so as we thank our veterans for their service, please remember to also thank our families.
The link below contains a list of some of the Veterans Day Events around Florida. I hope that you will be able to attend one of these or another one in your area.
MICHAEL A. CALHOUN
Florida National Guard
The Adjutant General