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Chief Master Sgt. Vic Guerra has served as the wing commad chief of the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh since January 2007. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Ann Young)

Chief Master Sgt. Vic Guerra currently serves as the Pennsylvania Command Chief Master Sergeant. (National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Ann Young)

FT. INDIANTOWN GAP -- As we approach Veterans Day, November 11, it would be appropriate, I think, to reflect and pay tribute to those men and women who have served, and to those who continue to serve in our nation's military. Especially to those who have made it possible for us to be doing what we're doing today; accomplishing our missions, supporting the war on terrorism and serving our country.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was originally celebrated to honor the heroism of those who died in service during World War I. The date was chosen to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning, "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month," of 1918. In 1954, "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" in the United States to celebrate all Veterans, not just those who died during World War I. It's still known as Armistice Day in various countries around the world, and is known as Remembrance Day in many others.

We should be grateful to those who have come and gone before us; their service, their time, their efforts, their sacrifices and for the sacrifices their families made as well. And to those of us who continue to serve, keeping our nation safe, allowing many to enjoy the freedoms to which our country has become accustomed. And to our families, friends and employers who continue to make sacrifices every day in order that we may continue to serve. We must not forget or take for granted the importance of their efforts or sacrifices. Please take the time to thank them, and to ensure they know just how much they are appreciated.

We have a lot to be proud of, and I would just like to pause, remember and say thanks to those who made it, and continue to make it, all possible. To the past and present members of all branches of our military who have made it possible for us to be where we are today---Thank you, and may God bless you, where ever you may be.