Veterans’ Day – Giving Thanks for our Service-men and -women

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 9, 2012

As the day came to a close on November 11, 1919, so ended what was hoped to be the War to End All Wars—what we know today as World War I.  With victorious troops beginning their routes back home, the nation stood in awe of their bravery and of the ultimate sacrifice that many young soldiers had made.

Soon the world would resume a state of normalcy, but President Woodrow Wilson was determined that the courageous efforts of these young soldiers and the sacrifices of their families would not be forgotten.  In order to preserve their legacy, President Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day.  Later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower rededicated the day to veterans of all wars, naming it Veterans’ Day.

Today, the nation is welcoming many of our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Alongside these soldiers, however, are those who have returned draped in the nation’s colors.  Their willingness to selflessly protect our country, and its principles of freedom, equality, and opportunity, are unquestionable.

With Veterans Day tomorrow, each of us must be prepared to set aside our political leanings, and instead, commit ourselves to showing our deepest gratitude to our nation’s soldiers, past and present.  At Shea Homes, we extend our thanks to these brave men and women, and we hope you will do the same.

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