Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day 2016

My dad was a proud veteran who served not only in World War II but the Korean War as well. He left active service as a Major in the Air Force.

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors all those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Other countries celebrate Armistice Day and Remembrance Day as well in marking the anniversary of the end of World War I. The date notes the end of World War I, as major hostilities ended at "the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The purpose of Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May.

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.

This is the 5th Veterans Day that openly LGBT American military members can celebrate with their loved ones. As President Obama nears the end of his 8 years in the highest office in the land, we can thank him and Congressional Democrats for moving us this much closer to equality and allowing proud LGBT Americans to protect the country they love.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was officially repealed on September 20, 2011.

Deep thanks to all who serve, both past and present, to protect the United States.

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