Nov. 11th marks Veteran’s Day previously designated as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I – then known as “The War to End all Wars.” Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice between our Allies and Germany went into effect. People often confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.

On Veteran’s Day this Thursday, please thank a veteran for their service and do not be surprised if he or she responds, “Thank you, because you were worth it.” At the end of the day that is what it is all about — once selfless service and sacrifice to preserve your individual freedom and liberty – don’t ever take it for granted.

James R. Poplar III, Quicksburg