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Thank a veteran this week

To the editor,

Veterans Day is held each year on Nov. 11, and is a day to remember the service and sacrifice of all Veterans who have served in defense of our great country. Veterans Day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 on the first anniversary of Armistice Day, when major hostilities came to an end for World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Veterans Day became a legal holiday in 1938, and was expanded to formally include all veterans — not just those who served in World War I — by World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Alabama in 1945. Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day until Congress amended the formal holiday declaration from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Their story and their sacrifices are ingrained in the very founding of our nation having secured our independence during the Revolutionary War. Our veterans helped rid our nation of slavery, have defeated murderous dictators, and brought freedom to millions around the world while defending our shores here at home.

Without our nation’s veterans, our country would look quite different than it does today. We owe our veterans and their families our eternal gratitude for their defense of our freedom and values here in America, as well as their sacrifices both personal and physical, as many living veterans still hold with them the scars from their service.

Take a moment to stop and thank a veteran this weekend. If you have a friend or family member who is a veteran, pick up the phone and give them a call. Even something as simple as a handshake, smile, and a greeting of thanks to a veteran in public can mean a lot. And I would like to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of the amazing veterans in our community. It is truly an honor to represent you in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Anna Wills,

Apple Valley

Anna Wills is the State Representative from District 57B