Before Alvin left America, he had been farming for a single year, and he left behind his livestock operation to help our nation. Upon his return in 1953, he jumped back into farming, and in 1956, he married my grandma, Devona. Together, they farmed, raising cattle, sheep, dairy and pigs, and they saved their money until they were able to purchase our current operation in 1970. My dad joined my grandpa in the business after he graduated from college, and in 1983, our purebred Limousin business was established. But, at the end of the day, I know it's all thanks to one man who was brave enough to enlist in the military to serve our country. Thanks, Grandpa. You are my hero.
A little history from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs:
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Finally, I have recited a poem for all of you to listen to on this Veterans Day. It's Called, "The Common Soldier." Listen to it below. Have you thanked a Veteran today?
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: On June 1, 1954, President Eisenhower signs legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. (Source: The History of Veterans Day)