What will you be doing on Veterans Day?

On Wednesday, citizens across the United States will commemorate Veterans Day. Many people will have the day off of work or school. How will you spend your time on this very important day?

Originally called Armistice Day, it first took place Nov. 11, 1918. To quote President Woodrow Wilson at the time: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Pride and gratitude. As Americans, we should be incredibly proud that there are so many brave men and women who are willing to give up so much for their love of country, and be grateful for their sacrifices that have allowed the rest of us, with our differing viewpoints, perspectives and backgrounds, to call this special place home.

But how can we possibly adequately say “thank you,” when these two words alone do not seem to do the sentiment justice? A special event in Vancouver, organized by the Community Military Appreciation Committee, will provide a unique opportunity to do just that.

On Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver, Major Gen. Karen E. LeDoux, commander of the 88th Reserve Support Command, will be keynote speaker. Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide the rifle salute, taps and color posting. Music will be provided by the 204th Army Band, and Officer Rey Reynolds will sing.

It will be a special day, and a wonderful opportunity to show support for these men and women who are our community’s, and our nation’s, heroes.