According to Dewayne Hamlin, Medical Center Director, Veterans Day is a national day of recognition where we take time to honor Americans who have served their country in the armed forces. November 11 was originally called Armistice Day because it was on this day in 1918 that the First World War came to an end. The armistice was signed at 11:00A, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. After four years of brutal trench fighting, nine million soldiers had died and 21 million were wounded.
"On Veterans Day, we rightfully pause to remember and thank the brave men and women who have willingly placed themselves in harm’s way and have dedicated their time in the service of others," says Hamlin. "Those who serve do so not for glory or power or wealth, but for freedom and the simple recognition of service well performed. At Lexington VA Medical Center, we find that a sincere thank you often means more to most Veterans than any other reward."
As we pay special tribute to Veterans across the nation, our duty obliges us to ensure that each generation understands and appreciates the sacrifices that have been made, often at very heavy cost, by the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. On this Veterans Day, please take time to send a special "thank you" to Veterans in your family, in your community, and at VA, who have served America so selflessly.
If you would like to send a card to a hospitalized Veteran, please mail to:
Voluntary Service (135)
VA Medical Center
1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY 40502
Written by Public Affairs