Every November 11 we celebrate the courageous men and women who have served in the military. Veterans day began at the end of World War I and continues today to honor those who have served. The day falls on a Sunday this year and is observed as a federal holiday on Monday, November 12. Happy Veterans Day to all veterans. Your service and sacrifice is invaluable to our free society.
In the photo, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills, the Navy’s first African-American “WAVES” officers, are shown after graduating from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, in December 1944. Photo: Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.