Veterans Day was observed this week, a time to remember anyone who served in the Armed Forces, and the tremendous personal sacrifices they made.
Veterans Day evolved from the celebration of the end of World War I, but you might not know it was an Alabama WW II Veteran named Raymond Weeks, who thought we should celebrate all Veterans of every war.
So Weeks led a delegation to urge General Dwight Eisenhower to support a national Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama.
Forty years later, President Ronald Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal for his efforts.
Today, it's gratifying to see businesses recognize Veterans with discounts and special offers when citizens thank soldiers for their service, they are sincere about it.
Groups like Warrior Outreach here in Columbus, Wounded Warriors and so many other groups provide support and therapy for Veterans that improves the quality of their lives.
Alabama's Raymond Weeks may now just be a footnote to history, but he would be happy, I'm sure, that so many of us know recognize every Veteran's contribution to protecting our American way of life.
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