Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank a Veteran Today

Veterans Day is an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans. Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar congressional action.

If World War I had been "the war to end all wars," November 11 might be still called Armistice Day. Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of World War II and Korea, Congress decided to make the day an occasion to honor all those who have served America. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. (Historically, the first Veterans Day parade was held in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas.)

A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.



Monogram Queen said...

Thank YOU my friend for your service to our country and the millions of others who have done the same.
I chose to work today and take off the day after Thanksgiving.
Happy Veterans Day All!

Samantha Alice said...

Thank you, Tony.

Misses M said...

Thanks, Tony.

Libby said...

thanks, tony! and thanks for this post, you always have something to teach us about the armed services!

BTExpress said...

Thank you my friends. I really appreciate it. :-)

Have you thanked another vet today? I'm certain they would appreciate it too.

Lil Bit said...

Luv that V. Day banner -- AWESOME!

Thanks again, sweetie.