On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Armistice with Germany went into effect ending the major hostilities of World War I. United States President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a national holiday calling it Armistice Day in 1919. With the proclamation, he put forth the idea that those who served should be honored by saying,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Congress amended the bill in 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” encouraging the country to honor all veterans.

After serving for 22 years in the U.S. Army, I understand the deep love of country and greatly appreciate those who served before me and who will serve in the future. I also have a deep sense of responsibility to those who suffer from hearing loss because of their service.

Our research for noise induced hearing loss continues to move through FDA trials and I look forward to the day that Hough Ear Institute will be able to announce a treatment for service men and women who battle daily with this disability.

To all who have served in our military, Hough Ear Institute salutes you.

Richard D. Kopke, MD, CEO
Hough Ear Institute

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