By Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Outreach
As Veterans Day nears, Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) reflects on the proud men and women who have served in the U.S. military. We salute and thank them for their bravery and service. It’s also a time to pay tribute to our own. Staff members submitted names of family members who have served or are currently serving. A flier has been designed with those names and will be shared.
HPC is recognizing Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, by sending thank you cards to our 54 veteran patients and to staff family members. The Olathe clinic, 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Olathe, Kan., will provide resources and flag pins (on a first come first serve basis) from Monday, Nov. 6-Friday, Nov. 10. Resources and pins will be available at all sites.
On Friday, Nov. 10, veterans are invited to stop by for refreshments at the Olathe location.
Click here for more information about HPC staff and family members who have served or are serving in our nation’s armed forces.
Did you know?
Veterans Day, a federal holiday, is meant to honor all veterans of the uniformed services who served or are still serving during times of peace as well as war.
Veterans Day has its origins at the end of World War I when at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the fighting ended with the signing of an armistice.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day, Nov. 11. The day is also known as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations. Wilson’s proclamation stated:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn 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…”
Congress officially passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
“Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and, whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations ….”
The resolution also encouraged the display of the U.S. flag on all government buildings and urged appropriate ceremonies.
A congressional act, approved May 13, 1938, made Nov. 11, a federal holiday. In 1954, Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — changed the name to Veterans Day to honor service members who had served in all the nation’s wars.