Vet·er·an (noun) noun: veteran; plural noun: veterans, a person who has had long experience in a particular field., a person who has served in the military.
His name was Raymond Weeks, and he’s called the father of Veteran’s Day. You may know that it was originally called Armistice Day, and created to honor those who had fought in World War I. In 1945, a soldier returning home to Birmingham Alabama wanted to honor all veterans.
In 1946, he stood before Army Chief Of Staff, General Dwight Eisenhower, to deliver his petition. 1947, Weeks orchestrated the first Veterans Day celebration. General Eisenhower backed him completely, sending General Omar Bradley to be the keynote speaker.
In 1954, the day was officially recognized by Congress as Veterans Day for all soldiers. Weeks couldn’t have known that this act of patriotism would return home to his doorstep, but it did. On November 11, 1982, President Ronald Reagan awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to Raymond Weeks.
He served his country, both in and out of uniform. The way he conducted himself inspired us to honor all those who have ever worn a uniform. Today, remember, not only all those who served, but those who were inspired by them to serve on the homefront.
The act of service, of any kind, is a noble one. Giving yourself to others selflessly isn’t only the American way, it’s the way of The Master. Christ, the greatest soldier of all, the General and Chief of Heaven’s armies, washed the feet of His Disciples. Today we honor all warriors who have sacrificed, including The One who gave the greatest sacrifice of all!