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Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States, and accordingly, we are taking a moment to honor and recognize the efforts and sacrifices of everyone who's served in our country's armed forces.

At a time when it seems that our country is more divided than ever, it is perhaps even more important to celebrate the strength and courage of the individuals who've been a part of the military.

On a slightly lighter note, here's little bit of trivia so you can be well-informed at the office or over dinner today - Veteran’s Day was originally established as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I in 1918 on the 11th day of the 11th month, hence the federal holiday that marks the occasion for respect and remembrance today.

While it's important to honor the contributions of all the members of the military, we’d like to make a particular note of all the women who have sacrificed for the country. While women historically haven’t served in the direct line of fire, the amount of work they’ve put in as medics, support personnel, and providing love and support to their husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, cousins, and friends on the front lines deserves a heartfelt "thank you". 

In fact, if you or your kids have the day off of work or school, today is a great time to learn more about role that women have played in the military over the years; in fact, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has put together a social media campaign on the State of Women Veterans that’s pretty eye-opening, to say the least.

So happy Veteran's Day, and please take a few minutes to celebrate all of the brave men and the women who've served the country.


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