A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS!!!!!!
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MAY GOD BLESS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!!!!!!
I thought I would give a little history of this day for those who do not know...
Unknown U.S. soldier from the
North African American Cemetery
War I, then normally referred to simply as The Great War (no one could
imagine any war being greater!), ended with the implementation of an
armistice [temporary cessation of hostilities-in this case until the
final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, was signed in
1919] between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the
eleventh day of November, 1918.
11: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with the
following words: "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." The original concept for the celebration was
for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11
A.M., with the day also marked by parades and public mettings.
On the second anniversary of the armistice, France and the United Kingdom hold ceremonies
honoring their unknown dead from the war. In America, at the suggestion of church groups, President Wilson names the Sunday
nearest Armistice Day Sunday, on which should be held services in the interest of international peace.
passes legislation approving the establishment of a Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. November 11 is chosen for the
date of the ceremony. According on October 20, Congress declares
November 11, 1921 a legal Federal holiday to honor all those who
participated in the war. The ceremony was conducted with great success.
adopts a resolution directing the President to issue an annual
proclamation calling on the observance of Armistice Day. Throughout the
1920s and 1930s, most states establish November 11 as a legal holiday
and at the Federal level, an annual proclamation is issued by the
Congress passes legislation on May 13 making November 11 a legal Federal holiday, Armistice Day.
The United States has no 'actual' national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own holidays. The
Federal government can in fact only designate holidays for Federal employees and for the District of Columbia. But in practice
the states almost always follow the Federal lead in designation of holidays.
World War II and the Korean War create millions of additional war veterans in addition to those
of the First World War already honored by Armistice Day.
On June 1, President Eisenhower signs legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from
Armistice Day to Veteran's Day.
Congress passes the Monday Holiday Law which established the fourth Monday in October as the new
date for the observance of Veteran's Day. The law is to take effect in 1971.
Federal observance of Veterans Day is held on the fourth Monday of
October. Initially all states follow suit except Mississippi and South
Dakota. Other states changed their observances back to November 11 as
follows: 1972- Louisiana and Wisconsin; 1974- Kentucky, Arkansas,
Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, South Carolina, West Virginia; 1975-
California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West
Legislation passed to return the Federal observance of Veteran's Day to November 11, based on
popular support throughout the nation. Since the change to the fourth Monday in October, 46 states had either continued to
commemorate November 11 or had reverted back to the original date based on popular sentiment. The law was to take effect in
Veteran's Day observance reverts to November 11.
Reprinted from the CMH.
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