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By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

04 018 500pxWe all can agree — One day a year is not enough to talk about veterans issues.

Our military veterans will always have need for our help. Over the past four years, we have tried to do something about it.

We created a simple social media awareness campaign of Tweets and Posts on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram channels. We shined our small light on veteran topics -- veterans issues, achievements, resources, organizations. We used the hashtag #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY because one day is not enough.

We asked you -- our friends -- to help us to tell these veteran stories. Your help proved to be incredible.

In time, our "Countdown To Veterans Day" term would be covered in the news media. Our #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY friends would grow to several thousand strong. Every year, our #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY hashtag would reach an audience of 20 million people.

This year is a special Countdown for us -- It is our Commission's last planned #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY campaign, and it is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that finally ended the fighting in World War I.

We've planned a special version of the campaign -- one to honor the 4.7 million American men & women who served during World War I, the 2 million who employed overseas to the fight, and the 116,516 who never made it home.

We welcome you to retweet and repost our #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY pieces to your own social media. We also welcome you to simply use the #COUNTDOWNTOVETERANSDAY hashtag -- and join this year's awareness campaign.

In the name of our veterans, we hope that you can help us.