Senators and Representatives pay their respects to distinguished veteran Lee Robertson (right) during a 2022 Interim Meeting on Veterans Affairs, Military Affairs and Public Protection. 6.22.22. Photo courtesy of Bud Craft, Legislative Research Commission.

Shorter days and colder temperatures signal fall and the impending arrival of the holiday season. Kentucky residents of communities across the bluegrass have done or will do their civic duty by visiting their local polling place and voting for those they wish to represent them in local, state and federal offices. After exercising our sacred right to vote on November 8, we celebrate the individuals who stand up for the unique rights of American citizens.

Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who gave their lives for this country, Veterans Day is for the more than 19 million veterans who have faithfully served in times of war or peace.

In 1919, to commemorate the end of the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day. He said the day would be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the service of the country and gratitude for the victory”. Armistice Day was not a nationally recognized holiday until Congress ratified it in 1938. In 1954, after the United States had taken part in more armed conflicts during the World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all service members. and related associations.

On Veterans Day, businesses often close to observe the struggles and sacrifices of our country’s best. While many of you enjoy this day, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the efforts of our men and women in uniform, past and present. If your local community is hosting a Veterans Day Parade, as many do, I encourage you to attend this special experience and convey your appreciation to the military in person. Honor the often-lowered American flag, and observe the two-minute silence at 11 a.m.

The 2022 interim period for our part-time legislature is coming to an end, and the joint committees and special working groups are preparing for their final meetings. The Senate is actively preparing for the 2023 regular session. If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect or what you would like your legislators to focus on when we meet again, please contact my office and voice your voice. As always, it is an honor to represent you and the American ideals we hold dear in Frankfurt.