Veterans Day began in 1919 as Armistice Day, marking the date when Germany and the allies signed a 1918 agreement to cease World War I hostilities. After World War II, sentiment grew to make the day one of observance of all veterans, and in 1954 President Eisenhower signed a law that changed the name to its current form. It’s a day to show gratitude to the brave men and women who sacrifice everything to make this world a safer place.
For generations, sons and daughters have followed in their relative’s footsteps, (whether it’s a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle) by wearing the nation’s uniform and serving in the U.S. military. In addition to the generational trend of military service, recent statistics show that the demographics of the nation’s military is changing overall, with racial and ethnic minority groups making up 47% of Army Reserve Soldiers in 2016. As demographics in the United States are changing, new generations are taking up the call to serve the country.
For Major General A.C. Roper, the legacy of his grandfather’s service has guided him since his youth and continues to inspire him today. During the recent World War I Centennial Commemorations in Northern France, Roper had the unique opportunity to walk the same battlefields as his grandfather, Cpl. William Roper, who fought in a battle there.
Roper’s granddad was in a segregated unit during WWI, known then as the Buffalo Soldiers. The Major General believes his grandfather would be amazed that the Army he served in has grown, developed and matured to such an extent that his grandson can now serve as deputy chief of the Army Reserve.
Join me in a recent interview with Major General A.C. Roper, Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, as he discussed the diversity in the Army Reserve, the evolution of the “National Army” into today’s Army Reserve and the importance of honoring veterans who have served our nation.
Listen to the entire interview here: https://youtu.be/-x89fKlEI5U
For more information, go to https://www.usar.army.mil/
Interview is courtesy: Army Reserve