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President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day (today it's called Veterans Day) on November 11, 1919. Then on June 4, 1926 Congress passed a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation, this time to include all the ceremonies and making it a legal holiday.

Veterans Day pays tribute to all those who have servered or died in a service of their country. It’s a holiday that all of us, no matter what our differences; should come together in thought, respect, and common decency to honor those who have served.

My stepfather survived WWII and he never forgot it; my most prized possession is the Silver Star he earned and the document that came with it. I still have the yellowed copy of the Houston Post, showing him enjoying a turkey leg in Italy. The few times he spoke about the war, he always mentioned the new places he got to see, but he hardly mentioned the hardships he must have endured.

I remember my 85 year old stepfather struggling to fly the flag to honor veterans and salute our country, on July 4th, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We wanted to help him mount the flag on the crude makeshift device he had made, but he would have none of it.

This weekend we will place a small flag at his gravesite. I bet Victoria’s Evergreen cemetery will resemble the Arlington National Cemetery because many families will do the same.

I salute my stepfather, all the fallen and those who have served their country.

Happy Veterans Day