Every November 11, Americans celebrate Veteran’s Day, but few Americans know the historic significance of this holiday. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919 officially ended World War I, but fighting actually ended seven months earlier. The Allied Powers and Germany declared an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 (November 11, 1918). President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 the first Armistice Day, which is now known as Veteran’s Day.
No matter what day of the week it falls on, we celebrate Veteran’s Day each November 11. We honor veterans of all branches of military service, especially those who represented our country at times of war. Many communities hold parades, special patriotic ceremonies and musical concerts to celebrate the sacrifice of our armed forces.
A large number of our veterans are now senior members of our family and community. One way we can show appreciation for our brave men and women is to encourage them to have regular eye exams to preserve their vision. Eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are common among the older generation, but they are treatable and can even be prevented with routine comprehensive eye exams.
Many eye conditions do not have symptoms right away, so encourage your loved one to make an appointment even if there are no changes in vision. It often takes years for an eye disease to cause vision to change or become blurry. It is also important to understand that eye problems can also indicate other health issues. For example, an eye diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy may reveal a condition of diabetes that was previously unknown.
This month as we honor those who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, encourage a veteran to get an eye examination. Perhaps you can accompany him or her to the appointment and provide transportation. Your support will show your appreciation and will also help ensure that your loved one will be able to see those stars and stripes clearly for years to come!