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Joseph Ambrose, a World War I veteran, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.

Veterans Day has it’s roots in the horrors of World War I. For not exactly clear reasons the Armistice that ended World War I came into force on the 11th hour or the 11th day of the 11th month. HG Wells called the war “the war to end war,” but even during first world war the phrase was used disparagingly, and almost a hundred years later the need for the armed services hasn’t diminished.

In the US, and countries all over the world, men and women are willing to stand up for what they believe is right. Their sacrifices allow the majority of us to enjoy lives of freedom and safety, and although their sacrifices vary from offices jobs to the front line, every one of them deserves to be remembered.

I salute them.


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