Honoring our Veterans and Active Military this Veterans Day
I have the greatest respect for the men and women who serve the U.S. in every branch of the military, including reservists and veterans. We cannot thank them enough—those brave individuals who put their lives on the line every day to protect and defend our nation and our democratic ideals. I hope everyone will take a moment on Monday, November 11 to honor and thanks our military and veterans. Every day should be regarded as Veterans Day, as we should thank our military every day for their hard work and dedication whenever we see them.
This holiday—a recognition and observance event of military for those who perished in wars, the current military and veterans—was established at the end of World War I and the first Veterans Day was held on Nov. 11, 1918. It was regarded as “the war to end all wars.” In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It’s a day to celebrate our military, often marked by parades. It became a national legal holiday in 1938 known as Armistice Day and it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, honoring all veterans of all wars.
I am proud to say my father, Richard Jaffarian, who died in 2010, was a veteran. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Korean War. While stationed in the Marshall Islands in 1951, he helped set up the infrastructure that supports the little Micronesian island today. My father was my inspiration and mentor, as the second generation of Jaffarians in the automotive business that became Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion.
My dad had the foresight to say, despite the skeptics, “Mark my words, Toyota will become number one in my lifetime.” And of course, he was right, with the Toyota Camry being the number one vehicle for sales in America.
When it comes to supporting our troops, Toyota and Jaffarian Toyota Scion want to do their part and this means offering all eligible U.S. military personnel a $500 rebate toward any new Toyota vehicle when you finance through Toyota.
Remember, when you see someone who is an active member of the military and thank them for serving. May our troops make it home to their families safe and healthy Happy Veteran’s Day!