Veterans Day

Originally known as Armistice Day to mark the cessation of all hostilities related to World War I on the "eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918," America has officially celebrated Veterans Day since June 1, 1954 nearly nine years after WWII veteran Raymond Weeks of Alabama first pressed for the inclusion of all veterans.

This year, and evey year, let us take special care to recognize the willing sacrifice our armed service members have chosen to make on our collective behalf. We should be mindful of their rightful place, home with us rather they are able to be or not, and make them feel as welcome, appreciated, and loved as is possible in all they do. Celebrate the life, the liberty, and the love they openly give to us by giving it back one thousand-fold. From Van Buren County, we've missed you, we love you, and welcome home.