The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 marks the day that fighting ceased for a temporary armistice between the Allied nations and Germany. And following that "war to end all wars," President Wilson declared in 1919 that Nov. 11 would be a national holiday to honor the veterans who served their country so honorably.
So before many Broncos hit the (indoor) field today to get ready for their second matchup with division rival Chiefs, they took to Twitter to thank those veterans for so much of what we take for granted in America - our freedom and our security.
Thank you to all the men & woman who have & still are protecting this great nation... #VeteransDay— Brandon McManus (@thekidmcmanus) November 11, 2015
"Thank you for your selfless service. You are our heroes." - #PeytonManning via @Broncos. https://t.co/LxUzq0fA5K pic.twitter.com/MkTkzFupl6— L.Lattimore-Volkmann (@docllv) November 11, 2015
#blessedmorning Happy Veterans Day! Thank you.— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) November 11, 2015
Thank you to all who served and sacrificed for us. Happy #VeteransDay. pic.twitter.com/QxfsY3uRwe— Cody Latimer (@CodyLatimer14) November 11, 2015
Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who serve and sacrifice for this country.— Darian Stewart (@darianstewart26) November 11, 2015
Ken Stabler missed practice /no one could find him-asked where he was--"it was Veterans Day I am 10yr Vet" -Happy Vet day to Military Vets— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) November 11, 2015
NFL hosted "Salute To Service" in games last weekend to highlight American military men and women in conjunction with the Veteran's Day holiday.
Many NFL teams - including the Broncos - spent their Tuesdays this week recognizing local military heroes.
#Broncos proud to visit "the true heroes" on @USAA #SaluteToService caravan https://t.co/M35I5KDQdD pic.twitter.com/GvqDGGk3As— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 11, 2015
As part of the NFL's support for the U.S. Military, its annual Salute To Service Award nominees were announced last week.
Broncos' Malik Jackson was nominated for the fifth annual award.
Jackson has partnered with Helping Hands for Freedom to serve as a spokesman for the organization, which helps military children and families thrust into tough situations because a family member has been deployed, injured or killed.
Jackson hosted his first youth football camp in Colorado Springs for children ages 8-14 this past July and teamed up with Helping Hands for Freedom to offer complimentary entry for children of military families.
"It's a cause I wanted to be a part of, and what better way than by helping people who have given everything for our country and helping their kids and families?" Jackson said. "It's a great cause and a blessing to be a part of and it's something that I feel that I can be a part of for a really long time."
Kudos to the Broncos organization for taking time with our military heroes this week and to players for taking time to say thanks.
And to all our MHR veterans and service members, Mile High Salute to you ...and thank you!