The fall season has arrived in the Bluegrass, and families are beginning to turn their attention towards the Thanksgiving holiday. In Frankfort, the 2021 interim period is nearing its end as lawmakers are eager to enjoy treasured time with their families this holiday season ahead of our return to the state capital on Tuesday, Jan. 4, for the start of the 2022 legislative session.

With Thanksgiving and the most wonderful time of the year on the horizon, let us not forget one of America’s most valued holidays: Veterans Day.

I can think of no better national holiday to celebrate and unite during challenging times. As another tumultuous

year comes to a close, we all share an even greater appreciation for the freedoms and liberties our military heroes have fought and died to defend.

In 1919, in recognition of the end of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 to be Armistice Day. President Wilson stated that the day would be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Armistice Day did not become a legal holiday until Congress officially ratified it in 1938. In 1954, after the United States participated in more armed conflict in World War II and Korea, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all former American military service members.

On Nov. 11, we celebrate this holiday with many businesses across the country closing in observance of the hardships our nation’s finest have endured. While many of you will surely enjoy the day off from work, I would encourage you to take a moment to reflect upon the efforts of our men and women in uniform, both past and present.

However you choose to honor our heroes this Veterans Day, do so safely, but never take for granted the special liberties our veterans sacrificed so much for.

We are blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth.

Note: Senator Jason Howell (R- Murray) represents the 1st District, including Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon, and Trigg counties. Senator Howell serves as vice-chair of both the Licensing and Occupations Senate Standing Committee and the Legislative Oversight and Investigations Statutory Committee. Senator Howell is also co-chair of the County Clerk Office Modernization Task Force. Additionally, he is also a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Agriculture, Banking and Insurance, and Health and Welfare. Finally, Senator Howell serves as a member of the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Statutory Committee.