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Browning Proudly Salutes America’s Veterans.

November 11th marks the day we observe Veterans Day.  We think every day is appropriate for honoring our veterans.  But this day is special. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI, which was then known as the Great War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns in Europe fell silent. Over time, in the United States, it officially became a day to honor all living veterans who have served honorably in the armed forces, In Canada, November 11 is called "Remembrance Day"  and is celebrated similarly to the U.S.

It is a day to honor those who have served since the Great War, but also to ponder the dear price of freedom paid personally by so many valiant men and women since the founding of our great country. Those of us at Browning, in these modern times, are proud to be part of a company that has been an integral part of preserving the freedoms of Americans and many millions of freedom-loving people across the globe. 

On this most important day, all of us at Browning wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of every member of the Armed Forces, past and present who have served the cause of Freedom.

Well done! 

Honoring all served

National Veterans Day Ceremony

As stated on the Veterans Administration website, "The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces." 

Frequently asked questions about Veterans Day. 

Remembrance Day in Canada is similar to Veterans Day in the United States. Known as Jour du Souvenir, Remembrance Day remains a statutory holiday in six of the 10 provinces. The Armistice Day Act, which held throughout the 1920s, declared that Canada's Thanksgiving would also be observed on Armistice Day — the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell.

“THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”  --  Thomas Paine

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John Moses Browning posing for a photo with a version of his 1917 water-cooled machine gun.

John Moses Browning posing for a photo with a version of his 1917 water-cooled machine gun. 

 

Lt. Val Browning, son of our company founder, John Moses Browning. Photo taken in France during World War I.

Lt. Val Browning, son of our company founder, John Moses Browning. Photo taken in France during World War I. 

 

Browning M1895/14 Machine Gun. The "Potato Digger."

Browning M1895/14 Machine Gun. The "Potato Digger."

 

John Moses Browning posing for a photo with a machine gun.
John Browning's legendary 1911.

John Browning's legendary 1911.

 

Lt. Val Browning in France during World War I with a BAR designed by his father.

Lt. Val Browning — the son of John Moses Browning — in France during World War I with a BAR designed by his father. 

 

Val Browning training troops in France.

Val Browning training troops in France. 

 

The founder of our company, John M. Browning, used his mechanical genius to design some of the most reliable, accurate and durable military firearms ever created to arm America’s servicemen and women. For almost 125 years Browning-designed firearms have served with distinction on the land, in the air and on the high seas, protecting the lives and liberty of Americans, both at home and abroad.

Some of Mr. Browning’s designs, like the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) have long been retired from active military service. Others, like the Model 1911 .45 Automatic pistol and the .50 M2 Browning heavy machine gun still soldier on with front line and special operations units around the globe.