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Steadfast in Promise on Veterans Day, Every Day

Raising the US Flag for Veterans Day

WoodmenLife honors veterans now and always

Veterans Day is here, and it’s a great time to focus on country, one of the three values our members share. It’s also an excellent opportunity to remember our nation’s history and reach out with gratitude to those around us who have served our country. We will do just that within WoodmenLife and in all the communities our members serve.

The History of Veterans Day

Nov. 11 was officially recognized as Armistice Day—a precursor to Veterans Day—by Congress in 1938, but its history goes back to 1918. On that day, at 11 a.m., the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Military personnel from the Allied nations and from Germany put down their weapons and set the stage for the Treaty of Versailles, which ended “the war to end all wars.”

Congress called for this day to “be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

Unwavering in Our Duty

And though we are approaching the 100th anniversary of that historic day—when soldiers and civilians alike looked with hope toward the future—our duties to the men and women who fight for the values we hold dear haven’t changed.

Now is not the time to rest.

WoodmenLife and its nearly 700,000 members have shown their respect and gratitude for military service personnel since we launched our patriotic program more than 70 years ago. It shows in our more than 3 million flag donations, In Honor and Remembrance events, service projects, and other acts of gratitude that touch hearts on a personal level. We celebrate patriotism with our members, who are united by family, community and country.

Commitment to Honoring Veterans

WoodmenLife is using this upcoming milestone as a springboard to share the stories of its associates, and applaud those who give of themselves in uniform.

We urge you to follow along. Come back to this post and others on RealWoodmenLife.com often. You can also share your stories of military service with us; email them to WLEditor@woodmen.org.

We believe veterans deserve to be celebrated every day, not just on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.

Please help us do just that!

Patrick L. Dees

Patrick L. Dees

As a man who jumps at any chance to travel to a beach, it's unlikely Patrick L. Dees thought he’d end up in the cold Midwest. A proud Texan and an animal lover, his more than 30 years with WoodmenLife span from active member as a youth to Sales Representative to, as of 2017, President & CEO. As the organization’s 13th president, he leads the charge in moving WoodmenLife into the next generation while preserving the values we’ve held close since our founding in 1890. Along with his wife, Michele, he spends spare time with their five children and six grandchildren (so far).

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