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LETTER: A significant Veterans Day

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To the Editor:

Originally called "Armistice Day," this day was conceived as a tribute to the Americans who sacrificed their lives in World War I.

On October 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" striking the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." We honor all American veterans who have served in any war to defend democracy on this day.

Our veterans have accomplished much; we wouldn't be the United States of America if not for the veterans of the American Revolution; veterans fought on both sides in our Civil War for what they believed in; we were attacked and drawn into World War II. Because of these prior wars we were strong enough, with our allies, that we live today in America with freedom. When North Korea invaded South Korea, it became an international war involving the United States and 19 other nations. The Korean War ("Forgotten War") lasted three years from 1950-1953. Our Veterans fought as the principal allies with South Vietnam against the invasion of the communist government of North Vietnam. Around the world we currently have many of our military fighting to protect our God given rights so we don't live in fear.

On Nov. 11 we will honor our Veterans. This Veterans Day 2018 is especially significant as it was one hundred years ago — at 11 a.m. on 11/11; 11 a.m., November 11, 1918, when armistice was signed for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front ending World War I. This was the war to end all wars, but sadly it was not.

We must continue to honor our veterans every day, for they and their families give so much. A simple "thanks for your service" is greatly appreciated.

As a member La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses) founded 99 years ago after this war, we continue to serve our community, our state and our nation, with Nurses and POW/MIA Scholarships, Flags for First Graders, helping our veterans and families and serving VA Hospitals and Veterans homes.

Preston R. Olson

Chef de Gare (Commander) Voiture 180

Sioux Falls

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