A day for heroes

Amidst the hustle-and-bustle of everyday living, we rarely take moments to reflect on our freedom.

It’s a gift that comes with an expensive price tag – something manifested in the thousands of brave soldiers that have spilled blood on various battlefields to preserve our liberty.

And it’s a gift we often take for granted.

That’s why Veterans Day is important to America. The holiday is largely intended to honor and thank living and deceased veterans for their contributions to the security of the nation.

Veterans Day originated from the armistice – an agreement between the Allies and Germany to temporarily suspend hostilities – formed toward the end of World War I. This historical event happened on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

The commemoration of Armistice Day was recognized by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, but the moniker was changed on June 1, 1954 in an effort to pay homage to the intrepid men and women who have fought for the United States.

Last week, the Louisiana Legislature green-lighted the disbursement of monies from the Military Family Assistance Fund. The fund contains no tax money – it’s supported entirely by voluntary contributions and is intended to provide fiscal support for National Guardsmen and Reservists who have been activated for service.

Anyone caring to express a sincere degree of gratitude this Veterans Day is encouraged to send a check or money order to LA Military Family Assistance Fund, c/o Department of Social Services, PO Box 2784, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-2784, or call (225) 922-0500.