By Brett Briggemon
This Saturday is the 104th anniversary of Veterans Day, a day of remembrance, celebration and thankfulness.
We at Hardin-Simmons University would like to take this opportunity to thank all service members throughout the United States Armed Forces, whether active or inactive, for their service, dedication and bravery.
President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the Soldiers National Cemetery (Gettysburg National Cemetery) on the afternoon of Nov. 19, 1863.In just 271 words, Lincoln captured the essence of our national values, beliefs and principles on which our great nation was founded. Some 51,000 soldiers from both armies died in the three-day battle, which had the most costly loss of life in the history of the United States. In Lincoln’s words, “the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Despite the First World War officially ending on June 28, 1919, many still held November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, as the end of the conflict. On that day, President Woodrow Wilson made it a day of remembrance of the truce.
On June 1, 1951, President Dwight D. Eisenhower adjusted the name to Veterans Day. This way, all United States veterans are encompassed, remembered, and celebrated. This decision has allowed the recognition of veterans of other wars for their service and sacrifice. It has also become a reminder to be thankful for them and the peace they have helped nurture. Throughout the country, Veterans Day parades will take place, honoring those who have fought for this country and remembering those who gave their lives in service of it.
This Veterans Day, let us remind ourselves of the importance of those willing to serve and be grateful for them. Without them, our country would not be as safe or prosperous as it has been. It is important to remember that Veterans Day is a nonpartisan day of remembrance. It is a day to honor the people who have served our country, regardless of political affiliation or beliefs. I highly encourage you to attend these events if you can. Abilene, will be hosting its Veterans Day Parade on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m., with free admission to those who would like to attend the festivities.
To our military families on campus, as well as the veterans and active-duty service members here at HSU, we thank you for your service. May God richly bless you and your families for all you have done.