Veterans Day is a time to pay respect to those who have served. We stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

 

Let Us Remember …

Today, upheaval and separation of ideals seems pervasive. People seem more divided. Let us put aside strife as Veterans Day approaches. Let us remember the significance of Veterans Day. A day to thank all those who honorably serve. Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars, living or dead.

 

It’s Origin …

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” in 1919. This day marked the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for annual observances. In 1938, November 11th was marked as a national holiday. On June 1, 1954, Armistice Day changed to Veterans Day. It was proclaimed to honor all veterans in all wars.

 

The Red Poppy …

It is the international symbol of remembrance. This symbol originated 100 years after the United States entered into WW1. The poppy symbolizes the sacrifices encountered fighting against the Germans. It remains a reminder of service and sacrifice.

 

Spring and summer the meadows of Flanders were full of poppies. During the Great War the poppies disappeared. The trampling and bombing of the battlefields inhibited the regrowth. When the war was over, the poppies returned in full grandeur. The blood red poppy fields had a major impact.

 

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae
Written in Flanders on May 3, 1915

 

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

 

 

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Here at Home – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery—a reminder of ultimate sacrifice. In March 1921, Congress approved the burial of a WW1 unidentified solder. The monument was dedicated to all unidentified servicemen, inscribed: Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.

 

Today and throughout the year

Think gratitude and appreciation. Honor our Veterans. Recognize their service and sacrifice to our country. Let them share their story. Serve their families. Treat them to coffee or a meal. Hang a flag. Visit a grave. Attend a memorial service or parade. Wear a poppy. Say a prayer.

 

Come together to say “Thank you.”

 

Let us put aside differences. Let us remember those who serve. Their commitment to secure and defend affords great freedoms. Honor our veterans by coming together and saying thank you.

 

Veterans Day ceremonies in the Lake Norman area

See LKNConnect’s events calendar for ceremonies near you.

 

 

 

 

Helping Veterans

LKNConnect’s Outstanding Non-Profit for the month of November is Horses That Heal, represented locally by Willow Equine. For more information, read about equine-assisted therapy, the Eagala model, and look for more articles throughout this month. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor

 

 

Katie Stankiewicz has always had a passion for horses and a deep desire to see people succeed. She founded Willow Equine, in 2012, which offers equine-assisted personal development in Mooresville, NC. Her mission is to enlighten clients to their innate abilities. Whether it’s taking the lead in their own health or focusing on work at their company, they re-energize themselves through self-discovery and horses. They are able to transform their struggles into authentic successes, and it becomes a part of their overall wellness plan and life-coping strategies. To make a donation, please visit http://horsesheal.com/donate/