In declaring November 11, 1919 the first Armistice Day, President Wilson said: “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 the nations.” This year, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, it is imperative for us to remain committed to principles of peace and understanding, despite the discord and polarization of our current world.
Because of veterans, we are able to express our thoughts and emotions freely, have meaningful debates on vital issues, strive for positive change, and exercise our rights as Americans. In the words of the President, “Our veterans embody the values and ideals of America and the timeless virtue of serving a greater cause.” In the words of Governor Malloy, “America’s men and women in uniform – and their families – have made immeasurable sacrifices in the course of their service. We are grateful for the steadfastness with which they have performed their duties to protect the United States at home and overseas, and for their unfaltering response to the call to duty whenever the country requires.”
This week, please take a moment to thank all of our veterans for their service. Learn about why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, how you can volunteer to help veterans in your neighborhood, how you can get involved with UConn Law’s VALOR (Veterans and Armed Forces Legal Out Reach) Society, or how UConn supports veterans and their families.
At the library this week, we asked our patrons to honor individual veterans by adding their names to our display. The UConn Law Library, along with UConn students, faculty, and staff, thanks all of our veterans for their courageous service, including: