To the Editor,
Today is Veteran's Day. It was originally called "Armistice Day" and first celebrated on November 11, 1919, on the anniversary of the end of World War 1.
President Dwight Eisenhower, a veteran himself, signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veteran's Day.
In 2011, there were over 21.5 million military veterans living in the United States. In 2008, 15.8 million military veterans voted in the 2008 presidential election (roughly 71 percent of veterans).
I am a military veteran and I recently voted. I also had the honor or privilege in being a Hancock County poll worker.
I watched many young and old military veterans casting their votes in this election. We, the veterans, consider this right to vote as part of our patriotic duty to our country.
Please remember all military veterans today. Weirton will be hosting Veteran's Day services on Monday, November 12th, at the Millsop Community Center Veteran's Memorial.
I will be attending this service in honor of my Weirton family legacy of military veterans. Generations of my family, some residents of Weirton and Weir High alumnus have served in military. Several of my great uncles served in World War II - Alex, Andy, Bill and Michael Zdinak. My Uncle John Platt served in the Vietnam era. His son, Greg Platt has been serving in the Air Force.
I have several cousins who are also veterans, to include Alex Sabol. I and my brother, Walter Tuchalski served in the U.S. Army. Currently, my second cousin, Jonathon Bocek is serving in the U.S. Navy.
My father, Stanley, also served in WWII but was from Steubenville. My niece, Michelle Sealy King, also from Steubenville, served in the Army.
I will remember my military family members today. Can you remember your family members who were veterans?
Please salute and honor all veterans today!
US Army E-5/SGT