In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Today, we honor veterans of all ages across America with a day of national pride and gratitude. At AutumnGrove, we have many veterans of war who have lived or currently live in our cottages. We honor them everyday through gracious care and kinds words, but today we honor them for a whole different reason. We honor them for the heart and soul they poured into serving in the military. We honor them for the time spent defending this great nation. And lastly we thank them for fighting for our freedom and for the freedom of others. So on this day we remember who they once were, a soldier, a fighter pilot, an officer or a nurse. On this day we help remind them of the great service they once gave to this nation. On this day we thank them for their past, their present and their future.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” ~President Harry S. Truman
*Pictured: Flag garden at The Heights Cottage dedicated to our residents who are veterans.