Each year, we in the United States of America celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. Yes, this day (and the weekend closest to it) is very important to retailers who want to boost their pre-holiday sales. It is even more significant, though, for another reason: we take this day—or at least a moment of it—to recognize and pay tribute to all of the valorous men and women who have served our nation.

Although Veterans Day specifically marks the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, and was inspired by the bravery of those who fought in the Great War, this day is our opportunity to express gratitude to all veterans in our thoughts, words, deeds, and prayers.

As you observe this important holiday, I invite you to read with me The Poetry of World War I, compiled by the Poetry Foundation.
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