Today is Veterans Day here in the United States which was originally known as Armistice Day. It was established by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 to celebrate the armistice that ended World War I. The armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. It became a legal holiday in 1938 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is a time for all Americans to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In keeping with that, I chose “Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery as this Friday’s song. The song was released in February 2004 as the second single and title track of the Letters from Home album. It was written by Tony Lane and David Lee. The song is a portrayal of a soldier’s life on overseas duty reflected in his reading and sharing of three “letters from home.” It is a reminder to each of us of the costs and risks that every veteran and their families endure in service to their fellow citizens. Every American owes them a tremendous debt for this sacrifice.
Hope you can take a few minutes today to listen and reflect. If you know a veteran, pick up the phone and thank them for their service. Please enjoy “Letters from Home” by John Michael Montgomery.