We originally celebrated Veteran's Day as Armistice Day, the end of World War I. Declaring an end to "The War to End All Wars" turned out to be premature. Years later we changed the focus to a celebration of all our veterans.
I hope everyone will take some time today and thank those who have sacrificed everything. One of the greatest honors of my life was presenting the flag to the family of a great friend who died much too soon. I have the great privilege of being the son of a U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran. I had the honor of serving alongside some of the best people this country has produced in the Utah National Guard and U.S. Army (Company A, you will always be the best, anywhere!) I am proud of a brother-in-law who just returned from Iraq, a brother who just began serving in the U.S. Air Force, and a great-uncle who flew bombing missions during WWII. The friends still serving are too many to list.
To those who served and continue to serve, this one's for you. Turn it up and be proud!