We as a nation will honor our Veterans this year on Friday, November 11th. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to all American Veterans and give thanks to Veterans who served our country honorably during war and peace. I trust you will take the time with me to commemorate Iowa’s Veterans who have served our community, state,and nation throughout history.
Due to the three-day weekend, my thoughts turn to the history and the significance of Veterans Day. In an effort to promote tourism, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill in 1968. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was included in that act to move certain holidays to Mondays. Due to the historical and patriotic significance of November 11th, our Congress returned the observance of Veterans Day to November 11th in 1976.
Opportunities abound throughout our communities statewide for all of us to pay tribute, honor, and salute our Veterans and fellow Warriors who have served and continue to serve selflessly around the world. I encourage you to attend an event in your community.
Have a safe weekend as you pay tribute to Iowa’s Veterans and those
continuing to serve our State and Nation.
Timothy E. Orr
Major General, Iowa National