This week we recognize Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an annual US holiday honoring military veterans. It is celebrated on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (The conflict of WWI were formally ended at the 11 th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918). Then President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

In 1954 Congress replaced “Armistice Day” with “Veterans Day” to honor and remember ALL veterans who protected our country.

There is only one WWI veteran left in the country (four in the world). His name is Frank Buckles and he has a web site and Facebook page. On his web page Frank asks a question: “How will America honor my comrades?” Think about that. How will we? As lawyers there is one way and that is to use the jury system for the protection and safety of the people that our veteran’s fought to protect. Our office represents many WWII veterans and their families and their stories need to be told. One way to preserve their story and tell the story is to ajury.

My grandfather, John B. Hoey, was a pilot in the South Pacific during WWII. One of his proudest moments was when I became a lawyer -true Americanism. Please remember our Veteran’s this week and please remember the sacrificies our clients made during those years for all of us to be Americans.