Tim Cole: Because of a veteran

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Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 to became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life. They are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities.

Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States: 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war. 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime. 2 million veterans are women. 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War. 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.

Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive. 2 million veterans served during the Korean War. 6 million veterans served in peacetime.

Thank God for all the men and women who had a dream to serve this great nation of ours. Some played war as children and have served this nation well. What a multitude of heroes are among our veterans. It costs the sweat and tears, and many times the blood and life of those who serve. When the Declaration of Independence was born, it resulted in war. Ever since them our veterans have been fighting for our freedom. If you are free you owe your life and freedom to two special people. Jesus for shedding His blood to set us free, and a soldier for putting his or her life on the line so we can continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Somebody said, America is the land of the free because of the brave. We must honor our veterans. We must honor their families. We must honor our armed services. I know there is rivalry between the different arms of our military, but we are one nation under God. On the same team, and standing for what is good and right.

Thank God for a nation worth fighting for. Based upon Judeo-Christian principles. A government by the people for the people of the people. Because of freedom, we are a nation where everybody can be what they want to be. The American dream is still alive. We salute all our veterans. You are all heroes to us. Thank you for your service. God bless America.