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by Mike Huckabee
Today is Veterans Day. Most people know the history of the establishment of this sacred day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a defeated Germany signed the armistice ending four years of a horrible war. In America we honor all veterans on this solemn day. I often think in a world of uncertainty and constant turmoil, there is one constant - the willingness of Americans in every generation to answer their nation's call to arms.
At the end of World War I President Wilson said it was "the War to end all wars." If that idealistic statement had become reality, we might call Veterans Day "Armistice Day." Unfortunately we have lived through another World War, and more conflicts than we like to remember. In 1926 Armistice Day officially received its name through a Congressional resolution. It became a holiday 12 years later by another resolution.
Veterans Day is a day to honor all of our Veterans - those living and dead. As we pause to remember those Veterans who gave their lives for the Country that we all love, let us also remember those Veterans who have served our country so valiantly. Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed it best when he said "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."
Our Veterans have instinctively known that, and every day of their service is a day to honor them. The men and women serving our country today in Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan understand that freedom is never free and they serve with honor and bravery, defending our right to live as a free people. We have always recognized that we have the bravest, best trained, best equipped military in the history of the world.
Let us pause to thank them for their daily sacrifice and let us also pause in prayer to remember all who have given their lives to keep us free.