Originally called Armistice Day, Veteran's Day began as a commemoration of the ending of World War I (November 11, 1918). Twenty years later, after World War II, it was recognized as a day to pay tribute to all service members and officially became a Federal Holiday. In 1956 Armistice Day was re-designated as Veteran's Day so it would honor all American veterans.
Veterans Day has both historic and patriotic significance as we pause to show past and present Service members our appreciation for their valiant choice to serve in America's Armed Forces. This year we proudly celebrate more than 21 million living Veterans. These men and women represent the experience, technical skills and prestige of a noble profession.
It is important that we honor and thank the brave men and women who selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. President John F. Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
The Reedsport Police Department proudly employs veterans from every branch of service. Their professionalism, discipline and selflessness lend to making Reedsport a better place to live and work. Our veteran members include Chief Duane Wisehart; USMC, Officer Trevor Gardner; USMC, Officer Steven Downey; US Army, Reserve Officer Jerry Clark, US Navy, Dispatcher Fred Bowman, US Coast Guard, and Chaplain Rob Wright, US Air Force.
To our veterans – thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country, and for the many ways you continue to serve your communities and your nation. You are the living embodiment of the tradition and the promise that makes our nation great today and inspires us for the future.
Join us in celebrating our Veterans for their legacy of honorable service and dedication to our Nation. These men and women represent the highest ideals of service and patriotism to our country.