On November 11, our country observes Veterans Day.
The national holiday originated as Armistice Day to honor veterans and commemorate the end of World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower and congress changed the name to Veterans Day to recognize and pay tribute to all American veterans who served their country.
The observance of Veterans Day not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus our attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
This week, Totino-Grace students and staff participated in a Veterans Day convocation. Choir students sang America the Beautiful and Mr. Phil Trovato shared historical and relevant information about the holiday and our veterans. Student council members joined Mr. Trovato with an invitation for all students and staff members to take time on November 11 to recognize, thank, and pray for all American veterans and reflect on the gifts their service has provided each one of us.
Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for a history of Veterans Day. https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
Visit History for Veterans Day facts and statistics.