Honoring Those Who Have Served

Today, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. An opportunity to remember and thank all of those brave men and women that have worn this Nation’s uniform. But we also thank the forgotten heroes – those families that serve as well. To all the veterans and their families we say THANK YOU!
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Honoring Those Who Have Served
By: D. Keith B. Dunnagan, Esq.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 World War I was officially ended when the Armistice with Germany became effective. Out of this act, Armistice Day, which would subsequently be renamed Veteran’s Day, was adopted and serves as both a reminder and opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice so many men, women and families have made in service to this Country. It is a chance to remember and thank not only the fallen, but all of those who have served in our Country’s military.

On November 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the County as follows:

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

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 nations.


Take the time to thank a veteran or the family of a veteran. We often forget that it is not just the member of military that serves, it is the entire family that serves and sacrifices for the good of this Country. The families often times are the forgotten heroes of this story. The children that are separated sometimes for months during the deployment of a mother or father. The spouse who goes to sleep at night without knowing if their wife or husband is safe. The selflessness of the military family is the backbone that allows the military to defend our freedoms both domestic and abroad.

Have a Happy and Safe Veteran’s Day and to all the Veteran’s and their FAMILIES, from our family to YOURS – We Thank You for the service and sacrifice you make on behalf of the United States of America.


The attorneys of BPE Law Group, PC. have been advising our clients on real estate, business and estate planning issues for over 20 years and have assisted numerous clients in business and real estate matters and have represented and advised brokers on their professional obligations as well as consumers on their rights. If you have questions concerning legal matters, give us a call at (916) 966-2260 or e-mail Keith at kbdunnagan@bpelaw.com. Our flat fee consult for new clients may get you the answers you need for the questions you have.

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