On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1919, guns stopped firing, and the “Great War” ended. That was the day the Allies and the Germans signed the armistice that ended “the war to end all wars”; the day was declared the First Armistice Day. It wasn’t until the second global war that we started assigning numbers to them, and “the war to end all wars” became “World War I.”
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that expanded Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans who have served in the military, and officially changed the name to Veterans Day.
On this Veterans Day, we at Wind River Financial salute our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and they committed to a cause larger than their own by accepting the challenge to defend our nation.
In honor of Veterans Day, our offices will be closed Friday, November 10th 2017. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 13th, 2017.
Each year Veterans Day reminds us about the past, present and future of this great country. This country’s foundation of freedom was solidified by the signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Since then millions of veterans have put their signature on a contract with the United States to protect that same foundation of freedom. On this day, like every other day, we extend our thanks to those that have served and those that currently serve. But I, as a veteran, on behalf of all veterans would like to extend a “thanks” to those that have been standing with us throughout the years.
To further this thank you I turn to former President of the United States: Abraham Lincoln,
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
We thank our families, friends, and all American citizens for your support, encouragement, and generosity. We thank you because you help strengthen our own personal foundation. Without your time, energy, love, care and gratitude we would not be the veterans we are today. It is an honor to serve this great country and an honor to serve the citizens of the United States of America.
Finally from one veteran to all other veterans, I extend a thank you to my brothers and sisters in arms from the past, those currently serving today, and those who will put their signature on the dotted line in the future. Happy Veterans Day!
United States Army
Don is the son of Wind River’s Dennis Driver and his wife Theresa.