My brother-in-law is a retired colonel in the Army. He was almost killed on 9/11 when sitting in his office in the Pentagon.The plane that hit the Pentagon went right under his office, killing many right below him.I will never forget that day, and the hours we waited to hear if he was alive or not. We knew the plane had hit the part of the building where he worked. He has served his country well, and we are proud of him.

Veteran’s Day,in the United States, is the day was set aside to honor all veterans. A brief history: World War I – known at the time as The Great War – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when a truce between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the war to end all wars.

Sometimes, people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. But they are not the same thing. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

In May of 1954, U.S. Representative Ed Rees, from Kansas, presented a bill establishing a holiday to honor veterans through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. It was known first as Armistice Day. Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing Armistice with Veterans, and it has been known, ever since, as Veterans Day.

In light of Veterans Day, I join those who salute our veterans! We are proud of them, and most thankful for their service to our country. We are a free nation, and a leader among nations, much in part, due to their service to our country. In our church we have a great ministry to our veterans called “Salute.” Please join us in honoring our veterans! We have many in our congregation.

by Pastor Jay, Senior Pastor