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Thank a Veteran

This has nothing to do with the Victorian Era but I think given the day, it’s important.
 
Today is Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day around the world. It celebrates the end of World War I (or The Great War) on November 11, 1918 at 11am: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. From The US Department of Veteran Affairs:

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of 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…”

Originally, celebrations were observed with parades and public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. Act 52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a approved on May 13, 1938, made the November 11 a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”

Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II and after Americans fought in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

On October 8, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated:

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

So today, despite having off, no school, or just another day of your week, please remember those who fought, past and present, in our Armed Forces. They deserve our respect, our thanks, and our gratitude no matter what your politics are.

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3 Comments

  1. It is important to remember the sacrifices of Veterans, as well as what our current military is still doing to keep us all free and safe.

    We should never forget them.

  2. Linda K says:

    Thank you for writing this article and thank you to all those who have served for our country. I think that this is the first year that I can remember reading so much about Veteran’s Day, I think a lot of it has to do with how much social media plays apart in our lives today. People are even posting wonderful things on Facebook today instead of their typical mundane statuses. I even came across one that someone posted about a free download that a company called Prescription Audio is offering veterans, current service personnel and their families to help cope PTSD. Nice to see another company helping out on this holiday even in these tough economic times!

  3. I had the honor a couple of months ago to put my uncle (who died at the age of 23 years, 28 days) into the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. He died and saved the lives of his 17 commrades in Germany in WWII. I always saw tears in my Dad’s eyes when he spoke of his younger brother and when I found out how old my uncle was, I understood. My daughter was the same age at the time. I looked at her and thought of all the young people who have sacrificed for our peace and security and realized he was more of a hero than I had realized. Bless all those who serve their country.

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