By Jessica LoPiccolo
Veterans Day is a day of celebration to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The holiday is observed on November 11th every calendar year. The reason it is always on November 11th goes back to World War I when the fighting ceased seven months before the Treaty of Versailles on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. That is the date generally known as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Today, there are about 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. My dad is one of them. He was in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years where he proudly served the Commander in Chief, President Ronald Reagan, in Helicopter Marine Experimental -1 (HMX-1), the Presidential Helicopter Squadron at Quantico, Virginia. He was certified in Communications, Aircraft Maintenance, Electronic Warfare, Aircrew, and Ground Maintenance. His rank was E-4 Corporal. I received an email from my dad today stating that he was chosen for Veteran of the Month by his employer, Boeing. He has been with Boeing for 18 years where he is an engineer. I found it fitting to share this accomplishment, with Veterans Day just around the corner.