In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 Armistice Day. It was one year to the day that fighting ended in World War I and an armistice was established. Today we call this day Veterans Day. World War I was considered “the war to end all wars.” It was the first time in history that so many nations joined together or opposed each other in a great war.
Unfortunately, there have been a number of other wars since that first Armistice Day. The enemies of peace are not just other nations. Just as often they are clandestine organizations. Yet then, just as now, we are deeply grateful for the men and women who have stood ready to defend our country. Until the day Jesus returns, there will be violence and military conflicts. We look forward to the day when a military force won’t be necessary. Until that day, we are grateful for those who have served.