Veterans honored on Nov. 11

Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks on the Senate floor Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

In a message to some 70,000 military veterans living in Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, expressed thanks on Nov. 11, to those who have served their country in times of war and peace.

Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state, “but these numbers are not just statistics” she said. They are our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. They are stories of commitment, courage, strength and perseverance,” she said.

Veterans Day 2018 comes 99 years after Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War One.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name to Veterans Day.