WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, is reminding Americans of the importance of Veterans Day. The organization is asking that everyone take part in this great American commemoration in some way.
This November 11th marks Veterans Day; it is a day in which Americans pause and remember Veterans of past and present generations, thanking them for what they have given in defense of our country. Originating from the end of World War I, "Armistice Day" was decreed by President Woodrow Wilson commemorating the end of the war.
It was not until after the Korean War, however, that "Armistice Day" was changed to "Veterans Day." In President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Veterans Day Proclamation, he stated, "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."
Today, this day is still celebrated so that we, as Americans, can properly honor Veterans who have defended our country and have helped uphold the unique American values that we hold so close to our hearts.
"Veterans Day is such a special day for so many people," said Executive Director of DVNF, Joseph VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret). "As someone who has stood in defense of our country and has been fired upon by the enemy, it is truly humbling to me that the people of our great nation, no matter what their views of wars might be, will still recognize, respect and honor those who have laid it on the line for this country."
DVNF is urging Americans to take a moment this Monday to give a heartfelt "thank you" to a Veteran. The organization is also emphasizing that, even though not all veterans have been in combat due to job specialty, they have played a critical role in the support of the forward line of our great nation's men and women.
For more, go to www.dvnf.org.
Doug Walker, Communications Manager, 202-737-0522 Email
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