It all began on Nov. 11, 1918 and was originally known as Armistice Day. It was the celebration of the end of World War I, the war to end all wars.
Sadly, the war to end all wars was not the last for the United States. Americans have been involved in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq since that Armistice Day long ago.
Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
It is estimated that 1,800 U.S. military veterans die each day, with World War II vets passing at a rate of 1,000 per day.
In recent years we have been impressed with the number of organizations and schools holding events to honor our vets.
Among the Columbiana County schools holding events to honor local veterans last week were Columbiana, United Local, Leetonia, East Palestine, Crestview and Southern Local. The city of Salem and the village of Wellsville held parades Saturday and the city of East Liverpool is planning a parade and ceremony today.
Today, as we honor those who fought to ensure the freedoms we Americans hold so dear, let us also pay tribute to those who continue to endanger their lives in Afghanistan and other areas of the world. And, hold a moment of silence at 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11 to honor all veterans and thank each you know personally for fighting to preserve our way of life in the greatest country on Earth.