By Eric Horton

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, in the eleventh month of 1918, the World became a better place. This was the time and day that Germany surrendered to the Ally Forces of the First World War and began the cease fire and ending of the war. In the United States we call this day, Veterans Day. Before it was called Veterans Day, it was called Armistice Day, however it was changed in June of 1954 to honor all those who fought for this nation past and present. Most other countries who were involved in World War I still call this day either Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. The Armistice agreement between the Germans and Allies was signed actually closer to 5:30 AM French time, however the armistice went into effect at 11:00 AM. It was signed in a private train car in the forest near Compiègne, France that belonged to French General Marshal Foch. That day will always be remembered.

As we go into this weekend, let’s do our part to thank a veteran. Let them know how much they mean to us as a blessed and free country. For without our former military and our current, our country would be subjected to tyranny, fascism, communism and any form of non-democratic control. This nation has been through many snares of war, but has always maintained the idea that democracy is the real freedom that must be spread.

We have taken granite of what the past and current men and women in our military have done and will do for us. Sacrifice use to be a thing we would appreciate and honor those who made that commitment. Some sacrificed with their life, others sacrifice their body and time. However, when our military is called up to take on an enemy or perform a military operation of some kind, they go and believe they can win. We must encourage that same spirit!

In the environment we live in right now, there is not much gratitude for those who serve. We see people burn the flag, kneel during the national anthem and completely have no respect for a nation that has been fought for so many times to keep your freedoms and liberties intact. I find it a slap in the face to all U.S. Americans when those who disrespect the patriotic things that are supposed to unify us. It’s certainly a slap in the face to those who served this country proudly and with honor.

So today, tomorrow and anytime in the future, please thank a veteran. They are our real heroes in a country that seems to be breaking a part at every angle.  They have fought, they have served, they have sacrificed and they have honored this great nation by completing what we as a nation have asked them to do. They need our thanks! God bless all.