On the backs of Heroes

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Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group and their families during the Veterans Day parade, Nov. 11, 2016 on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Veterans and their families across the globe take time gathering together, for their service and the service of others and in celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released)
Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group and their families during the Veterans Day parade, Nov. 11, 2016 on Kadena Air Base, Japan. Veterans and their families across the globe take time gathering together, for their service and the service of others and in celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick/Released)

On the backs of Heroes

by: Airman 1st Class Nick Emerick | .
18th Wing Public Affairs | .
published: November 14, 2016

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- For most military members, every day is a day taken to respect those who served before; Nov. 11 puts the idea on the floor at a national level, but it wasn’t always this way for all veterans.

1919 marked the celebration of the first Armistice Day, a celebration of World War I; 19 years later, Armistice Day became an official US holiday. It wasn’t until 1954, and campaigning by both World War II veteran Raymond Weeks and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, this day changed to include all veterans.

Nov. 11 is a day to remember the brave men and women who paved the way for the military of today, ensuring the freedoms and liberties of generations. A day for remembering people who have influenced the world and inspired it as well. Works of art are created because of the things these people have done. Movies, television shows, documentaries of their stories, photographs; things that carry their stories when they are no longer able to.

“Through celebration of the military and its members, we celebrate their dedication to our country by bringing together family and friends,” said Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, 18th Wing command chief.

The men and women of the military serve to protect the people, places and things they love. Inspirations are very personal but also much the same – fighting to protect what they believe in, from large-scale America all the way down to a single person. Veterans Day is a time of year where the favor is returned, and we show appreciation to those who have lifted us up whenever we have fallen, and inspired hundreds of thousands to do the same in their wake. It’s a day to celebrate the people who have truly made America great with acts of love and sacrifice.

“Veterans Day is a day to remember all that veterans have done, honoring their patriotism and willingness to sacrifice and serve,” said Hoffman.

Veterans and their families across the globe take time gathering together, honoring their service and the service of others and in celebration. Bonfires, cook-outs and gatherings put dots on maps the world over. Always remembering when we stand, we do so on the backs of heroes.