In 1921, an unknown WWI American Soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site overlooking the Potomac River and Washington D.C. has become the focal point for remembrance of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms. Other ceremonies such as this took place in England and France. They too buried unknown soldiers in each nations’ place of highest honor. These memorial gestures all transpired on November 11, 1918. It marked the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. That day became known as Armistice Day. Twelve years later it became a Federal Holiday. However, after World War II, an effort was made to establish a day that honored all U.S. Veterans, not just those from WWI. So, in 1954 Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day. Honoring Veterans is a big deal for our nation. We are patriots at heart, and we have always valued the sacrifice required to keep our nation liberated. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that just under 45 million Americans have fought in wars from the American Revolution in 1775 to today. Of those, 3.3 million Americans are Veterans of the recent War on Terror. 7% of America’s adult population are Veterans. GEN George S. Patton stated, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” Those are the men and women we honor today - those who fought. We set apart the day to honor those who served before us and those who continue to serve. We recognize that freedom is never free. Veterans are selfless servants who are willing to fight our country’s battles both here on the home front and overseas against our enemies. As president Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country?” How can you better serve your Country? How can you honor a Veteran this year? There is no greater display of love than sacrifice to others. Give your time, resources, funds, and energy to serve your nation! The American Warrior Association exists to support and care for our nation's Veterans. We understand that “we have been called to liberty” as a nation (Galatians 5:13). Veterans Day tells a story much larger than any individual. It tells the story of a nation fighting for freedom by selflessness, sacrifice, and honor. Veterans are American Warriors.