Honoring our Military
Note: This article was originally published on In Military.
United States military veterans hold a special place in the hearts of Americans. Certainly, the sacrifices that veterans make on behalf of all Americans are worth celebrating and as a nation, we have been honoring our vets for over 100 years.
We may honor those servicemembers who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day; Veterans Day is for the living — a celebration of life, camaraderie, esprit de corps and triumph in the face of hardships.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. But it’s also about spending time with friends, family and those you love. To commemorate this important holiday, In Military has shared a special video featuring the timeless words of President Reagan in his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1985.
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is observed annually on November 11th and gives the nation an opportunity to honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Many other countries celebrate the same day as Remembrance Day to mark the end of major hostilities after World War I, but for Americans, it’s a day to explicitly thank a veteran for his or her service and sacrifice.
On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who gave their lives for our country. To commemorate this important holiday, we’re sharing a special In Military video with U.S. Air Force Veteran Dr. Chris Reynolds, who reflects on what the holiday means to him.
Our university’s core mission is to educate those who serve. In this week’s guest post, Director of Veterans Outreach George Vukovich explains how supporting our nation’s veterans is not an afterthought for APUS staff and faculty; it’s a daily commitment.
Veterans Day celebrates and honors those who selflessly served our great country as members of the U.S.
On Veterans Day, we celebrate and honor all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for their valor, patriotism and sacrifices. Like Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, it’s a holiday we share with other nations and I believe we should honor and respect Veterans Day in the same way.
While Veterans Day is celebrated only once a year, the pride and gratefulness we feel for all those who have served should remain foremost in our consciousness.
Sometimes, I wonder if the sacrifices of our soldiers are forgotten because of time, the remoteness of many wars, and the volunteer status of our armed forces. Memorial Day is a national holiday and a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in order to preserve our freedoms.
The poem below was written by one of our alums, Joe DeCree.
This past Saturday, hundreds of students, staff, and faculty from American Military University and American Public University honored American veterans by laying wreaths at grave sites in cemeteries nationwide as part of the Wreath Across America program.
Students, including the group pictured here at Arlington National Cemetery, gathered nationwide to participate in Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that honors veterans every year by laying wreaths at grave sites.