In 1918, November 11th marked the end of World War 1, unofficially. It’s the day that an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect (on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The Treaty of Versailles, officially ending “The Great War” was signed several months later – June 28th, 1919. President Woodrow Wilson wished to recognize all who served and sacrificed and thus, declared November 11th, 1919 as “Armistice Day”. That was the first recognition given to soldiers who served. Many years later (after World War 2), the day was officially declared Veterans Day to honor ALL who have served in our armed forces. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs -
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Today, we honor OUR Veterans – the men and women in our Fonville Morisey family who have served in the armed forces. Tyson Laney, Sales Associate from our Croasdaile office had this to say about his time in service & what Veterans Day means to him -
“I have had immense opportunity in my life not so much because of my own service, but because my dad – WW-II, my grandfather WW-I, and even an ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War – and, I have many close friends who were wounded and killed in Vietnam. I spent some time in the hospital at Clark Air Force Base where many of the wounded from Vietnam came and many ultimately died! Most everyone on my high School football team and many high school classmates served. Some were profoundly wounded. Some died. Had these and people like them not taken part – my grandchildren could not wave the flag for this nation.”
Take a look at our tribute to our Fonville Morisey family of Veterans:
Steve Barclay, US Army, 1980-1992, Gulf War
Terry Benson, US Army, 37 years of service (retired as a Colonel), Desert Storm
David Biggerstaff, US Army, 1982-1984, Stationed in Columbia SC, Indianapolis IN, Stuttgart Germany
John Breslin, US Marine Corp, 1989-1993, Desert Storm
Zackery Davis, US Air Force – 22 years of service, Desert Storm
Ralph Dobbs, Air Force 1980-2007, Southeast Asia during the Gulf War; was in the Pentagon when it was attacked in 2001.
Robert Flinn, US Navy
Charles Gordon, US Navy, 1946-1948, Almeda CA
Allan Gouge, US Air Force, 1962-1968, Vietnam
Kelvin Green, US Marine Corp
Don Hanan, US Marine Corp
Scooter Holcombe, US Army, 1968-1970 Korea during Vietnam
Tyson Laney, US Navy, 1965-1969; US Army National Guard (Photo credit: Bob Ayers)
Rich Massong, US Army 1969-1970, Korea
Dewey McCullen, US Army, 1966-1971. Served as an Attack Helicopter Pilot in RVN 1969-1970
Tom Rye, US Air Force, 1961-1965
for your service to our country. Happy Veterans Day!